With Alexander in India and Central Asia: Moving East and Back to West

December 8, 2020
With Alexander in India and Central Asia: Moving East and Back to West

Alexander conquered most parts of the Western World, but thereis a great deal of controversy over his invasion of India, theleast known of his campaigns. In BC 327 Alexander came to India,and tried to cross the Jhelum river for the invasion, but was thenconfronted by King Porus who ruled an area in what is now thePunjab. According to Indian history he was stopped by Porus at hisentry into the country, but most of the world still believes thatAlexander won the battle. Fearing the prospect of facing otherlarge armies and exhausted by years of campaigning, Alexander'sarmy mutinied at the Hyphasis River, refusing to march farthereast. This river thus marks the easternmost extent of Alexander'sconquests.Twelve papers in this volume examine aspects of Alexander’sIndian campaign, the relationship between him and his generals, thepotential to use Indian sources, and evidence for the influence ofpolicies of Alexander in neighboring areas such as Iran andRussia.