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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Akshat Kaushik is currently reading it Nov 02, While I started reading this bookI was curious to know what megasthenes had told about India indida years back. It describes, for example, huge flying serpents, reptile-men, and men without mouths and with backward feet.

According to the text reconstructed by J.

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Schwanbeck traced several fragments to Megasthenes, and based on his collection, John Watson McCrindle published a reconstructed version of Indica in Diodorus described Ganges as 30 stadia wide; it is well-attested by other sources that Megasthenes described the median or minimum width of Ganges as stadia. Bosworthpp. The original book is now lost, but its fragments have survived in later Greek and Latin works.

Book attributed to Greek historian Megasthenes.



The Indians who inhabit the hill country also claim that Herakles invica one of them. Shantanu Singh marked it as to-read Apr 30, KosminThe Land of the Elephant Kings: Indus also runs from north to south, and has several navigable tributaries.

A law, prescribed by ancient Indian philosophers, bans slavery. According to them, Herakles was a powerful man who subjugated evil beasts. India is a quadrilateral-shaped country, bounded by the ocean on the southern and the eastern side.

A survey in Philosophical Understanding. India has very fertile plains, and irrigation is practised widely. Megasthenes’ Indicaalong with Ctesias ‘ book of the same name, is among indoca 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. McCrindlep. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dionysus’ urbanization of India makes India a powerful, impregnable nation.

For this reason, he was regarded as a deity by the Indians. The later ruler — megasghenes Indian Herakles — is presented as a native of India, despite similarities with the Greek Heracles. McCrindleMegasthenes’ Indica describes India as follows:. Open Preview See a Problem? In the indifa parts, the shadows fall southward, and even Arcturus is not visible. To see what your friends thought of this book, idnica sign up. They are well-skilled in art.

The Indian elephants are far stronger than the Libyan elephantsbecause of the abundance of food on the Indian soil.


Special officers are appointed to ensure that no foreigner is harmed, and judges hand out harsh punishment to those who take unfair advantage of the foreigners. Fragments of Abydenus ‘s writings in Praeparatio evangelica. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri This is a reproduction of a book published before 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”.

According to Thapar, Megasthenes’ categorization appears to be based on economic divisions rather than the social divisions; this is understandable because the varnas originated as economic divisions.

Special officers are appointed to ensure that no foreigner is harmed, and judges hand out harsh punishment to those who take unfair advantage megasthenfs the foreigners. This is a reproduction of a book published before Megasthenes’ Indica and the Seleucid Elephant”.