Bactria

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Two Indo-Greek silver coins with profiles of Alexander

Bactria (present-day Afghanistan), 1st-2nd century

After Alexander of Macedon succeeded in conquering Egypt and Persia in 331 BC, his ambition to rule the known world led him further east across Bactria in Afghanistan, through the Hindu Kush mountain pass, and into India. There he succeeded in defeating all the local kings of the region until his men, on the brink of mutiny, insisted that they return to Greece. Alexander left governors in charge of his territories, and after his death in 323 BC, his governors became independent kings, establishing Hellenistic cities and a Greek cultural base in the region, which lasted for almost 200 years.

Bactria headdress. This is from the tribe I was born into in Iran (also known as the Charmahal Bakhtiari tribe). It is the oldest nomadic tribe in the world. The Bactrias are descendandts of the Medes, Persians, Magi and Ancient Sumerians. I went back to my Motherland & met my great grandmother who told me tales of her days & about my ancestors. Apparently when I was born, a wolf forearm thats been passed down throughout generations was placed in my cot for the 1st 90 days of my life to protect my spirit. One of many traditions of the tribe. This is where my connection and love for indigenous people and tribes around the world comes from ♥

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My favorite queens, famous by their beauty, their strenghth, and their doing as women rulers in a world of men. 

-Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots famous by her firm determination in her beliefs.

-Eleanor of Aquitaine, Owner of a beauty more divine than human.

-Queen Elizabeth Woodville, cunning and political subtlety united on her. 

-Cleopatra VII, when the desire means power 

-Roxanne of Bactria, where strength begins and weakness ends

-Queen Caroline, The sober policy

-Isabella of France, the courage like sword and the rotundity like shield

-Queen Anke, At whatever Price