T HE INDICA OF Megasthenes is justly famous.1 It contained the first eyewitness B.C. Arrian (Ind. ) states that Megasthenes went further than Alexander. – Buy Indica book online at best prices in India on Indica (Greek) Paperback – 21 Jan by Megasthenes (Creator), E a. Megasthenes’ book Indica records the way of life followed in India during BC. This book describes 7 classifications of work rather than the.

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Koroviev marked it as to-read Nov 14, The first century Greek writer Strabo called both Megasthenes and his succeeding ambassador Deimachus liars, and stated that “no faith whatever” could be placed in their writings. The later ruler — the Indian Herakles — is presented as a native of India, despite similarities with the Greek Heracles.

However, this reconstruction is not universally accepted.


BosworthDiodorus obtained this information from Hieronymus of Cardia: According to the native philosophers and natural scientists, the reason for this is that the bordering countries are more elevated than India, so their waters run down to India, resulting in such a large number of rivers.

After several years, the royal rule was replaced by democratic city states, although there existed a few kings when Alexander invaded Indkca. There are accounts of Megasthenes having visited Maduraiin Tamil Nadu [8] [9]but he appears not to have visited any other parts of India.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Pooja Grover marked it as to-read Aug 02, We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.


The Indians who inhabit the hill country also claim that Herakles was one of them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oxford University Press India. In the primitive times, the Indians lived on fruits and wore clothes made of animal skin, just like the Greeks. The Indian elephants are far stronger than the Libyan elephantsbecause of the abundance of food on the Indian soil. However, according to A. Megasthenes states that there were no slaves in India, but the Arthashastra attests to the existence of slavery in contemporary India; [28] Strabo also counters Megasthenes’s claim based on a report from Onesicritus.

George Psalmanazar marked it as to-read Feb 10, No famines have ever occurred in India because of the following reasons: Of these writers, Arrian speaks most highly of Megasthenes, while Strabo and Pliny treat him with less respect.

At the time of summer solstice, rice, millet, bosporum and sesamum are sown. Biggest piece of nonsense I have ever read. However, Strabo cites Megasthenes as his source only for three isolated statements in three different paragraphs. Bondage, caste and market”.

India is a quadrilateral-shaped country, bounded by the ocean on the southern and the eastern side. Megasthenes tries to argue that Dionysus was able to conquer India, because before his invasion, India was a primitive rural society. Siddhartha marked it as to-read Jan 30, On the Face in the Moon de facie in orbe lunae in Moralia.


Indica (Megasthenes)

They are well-skilled in art. Tin and other metals are used for making a number of tools, weapons, ornaments, and other articles. Megasthenes’ Indicaalong with Ctesias ‘ book of the same name, is among the earliest well-known Western accounts of India and he is regarded as one of the founders of the study of Indian history in the West. According to Paul J. It describes with “historical accuracy” a plethora of lies designed to paint India as some unconquerable empire, in a clear attempt to defend Alexander the Great’s failure of conquest.

McCrindleMegasthenes’ Indica describes India as follows:.

Indica by Megasthenes

Kapil marked it as to-read Apr 18, The Greeks in India: Gold, silver, copper and iron are abundant on Indian soil. McCrindle believed that Megazthenes source for this description was the now-lost book of Megasthenes.

Thapar also speculates that he wrote his account some years after his visit to India, and at this time, he “arrived at the number seven, forgetting the facts as given to him”.

A History of India.