With Alexander in India and Central Asia: Moving east and back to west [Paperback]

Claudia Antonetti (Editor); P. Biagi (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785705847 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 304p, b/w and colour

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With Alexander in India and Central Asia


Alexander conquered most parts of the Western World, but there is a great deal of controversy over his invasion of India, the least known of his campaigns. In BC 327 Alexander came to India, and tried to cross the Jhelum river for the invasion, but was then confronted by King Porus who ruled an area in what is now the Punjab. According to Indian history he was stopped by Porus at his entry into the country, but most of the world still believes that Alexander won the battle. Fearing the prospect of facing other large armies and exhausted by years of campaigning, Alexander's army mutinied at the Hyphasis River, refusing to march farther east. This river thus marks the easternmost extent of Alexander's conquests.

Twelve papers in this volume examine aspects of Alexander’s Indian campaign, the relationship between him and his generals, the potential to use Indian sources, and evidence for the influence of policies of Alexander in neighbouring areas such as Iran and Russia.

Reviews & Quotes

"The book is one of the most important recent works about Alexander’s visit to the east, specifically on his visit to Central Asia and India (and back to the West)… Most certainly, the twelve chapters of this edited volume would benefit academics as well as graduate students focusing on Alexander’s Central Eurasian expedition."
Daryoosh Akbarzadeh
Acta Via Serica (28/01/2019)

"“Central Asian antiquity has become very popular in recent years, despite problems of accessibility to sites, and thanks to some revealing exhibitions of finds. These essays, largely Italian contributions (they also have worked in the area), are welcome…” "
John Boardman
Ancient West & East (11/01/2019)

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