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Greek Sources on India: Alexander to Megasthnes

Udai Prakash Arora (Author)

Anyone who is surprised that with so many historians already in the field on Alexander it should have occurred to me to compose this history, should express his surprise only after perusing all their works and then reading mine”, remarked Arrian in the second century AD. Today after 1900 years the trend on Alexander is the same. Books on Alexander continue to appear, all written mainly by the Western scholars. No dearth of works has resulted in giving birth to many faces of Alexander. The justification furnished by each of them for their Alexander is not much different from Arrian's time.

It was Alexander's conquests in India which remained the most fascinating subject in the writings of the historians. A.K. Narain has pointed out that “what remains of Alexander would be shorn of all its romance and glory if his campaigns in Sogdiana and the Punjab were deleted and there were no Spitamenes and Poros, Scythians and Malloi”.

The narrative of Alexander and the stories developed around the Romance, which have been repeated quite often, do occur in this work too, but the main focus here is not on Alexander's exploits but on the critical commentary of the accounts of India, penned by the emperor's companions and the Hellenistic ambassador, who was deputed to the Magadhan court at Pataliputra. These included mainly Onesikritos, Nearchos, Aristoboulos, Ptolemy, Chares, Kallisthenes and Megasthenes.

The present work is divided into three main sections. The first section is devoted to a discourse on Alexander and interaction of India with the Hellenistic world. The veracity of the Greek fragments of India as furnished mainly by Nearchos, Onesikritos, Chares and Megasthenes have been examined in the second section. In the last section the English translation of all the survived fragments of Alexander's companions and of Megasthenes have been made available to scholars at one place for ready reference.

This is a publication which Sir John Boardman, the leading savant of Classical Studies, finds as ‘the inauguration of a new generation of Greco-Indian Studies.

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Udai Prakash Arora

Educated at the University of Allahabad, Athens and Thessaloniki, Prof. Udai Prakash Arora (b. 1944) started his career as a Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology, University of Allahabad in the year 1965. Since 1985, he has been working as a Professor and Head, Department of Ancient History and Culture, Rohilkhand University, Bareilly. Here he also acted as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University and presently is Dean Faculty of Arts. Recognised as the author of Motifs in Indian Mythology: Their Greek and other Parallels (Delhi, 1981), the editor of the monograph Graeco-Indica India’s Cultural Contacts with the Greek World (Delhi, 1991), and Yavanika – Journal of Indian Society for Greek and Roman Studies, Prof. Arora has to his credit one dozen authored and edited books and 60 papers published in different Indian and foreign journals and proceedings. Prof. Arora has many honours and awards to his credit. As a member of cultural delegation, visiting professor, state guest and as a participant in different international conferences, seminars and symposia Prof. Arora has visited 26 countries including U.S.A., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, Greece, Cyprus etc. His special interest in Ancient Greek language and culture led him to visit Greece several times to work on various projects under Cultural Exchange Programme, (1968-1969). National Scholarship Scheme post doctoral (1978-81, 82), Foundation of Hellenic Culture Scholar (1993), and as Onasis Foundation Scholar (1996). Five students under his supervision have completed research on aspects connected with the interaction between Indian and Hellenic culture. He is at present the Corresponding Member of Foundation of the Hellenic Culture (Greece); President of U.P. History Congress; General Secretary of Indian Society for Greek and Roman Studies; Member, Executive Committee of Indian Archaeological Society; Vice-President of a cultural trust Samkalpa, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Founder Fellow of Indian Academy of Social Sciences.

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Title Greek Sources on India: Alexander to Megasthnes
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.04.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173056017
length xxvi+482p., 17cm x 25cm.