ancient country between the Hindu Kush & the Oxus River in what is now NE Afghanistan (fl. 250-130 )
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- Bactrian adjective, noun
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An ancient country of southwest Asia. It was an eastern province of the Persian Empire before its conquest by the Greeks in 328 B.C. The kingdom was destroyed c. 130 B.C. by nomadic tribes.