When Alexander the Great brought his army to India, Greek people learned a lot of new things from the people they met in India. We don’t know whether Hellenistic philosophers talked to Buddhists, but their ideas are not so different. Try comparing Buddhism and the Greek philosophical ideas of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Skepticism. What is the same? What is different?
Next, compare this statue of Buddha from Pakistan to this slightly earlier Greek statue of a woman. What’s the same? What’s different?
(Notice also the use of the halo to show how holy the Buddha is – you might be more familiar with Christian haloes!)