A Walk Through Taxila
The ancient remains in Pakistan represent a glimpse into the history of two of India’s major religions
- By Ria Misra and Alexis Matsui
- Smithsonian.com, December 22, 2010
During the first century A.D., Greek philosopher Apollonious of Tyana wrote of Sirkap: “I have already described the way in which the city is walled, but they say that it was divided up into narrow streets in the same irregular manner as in Athens, and that the houses were built in such a way that if you look at them from outside they had only one story, while if you went into one of them, you at once found subterranean chambers extending as far below the level of the earth as did the chambers above.” While trade and agriculture were important draws to the area, as Taxila grew, it also became an increasingly popular education center, attracting students who wanted to study in the monasteries and religious centers in Sirkap.