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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Bondage, caste and market”. Presha B marked it as to-read Jun 04, Kapil marked it as to-read Apr 18, Mariam added it Jul 24, They are well-skilled in art. A law, prescribed by ancient Indian philosophers, bans slavery.

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Domestic Service and the Formation of European Identity. Herakles built several places in this city, fortified it with water-filled trenches and settled a number of people in the city. His descendants ruled India for several generations, but never launched an expedition beyond India.

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Joy Bhadra rated it it was amazing Oct 01, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Story of India: We have more definite information regarding the parts of India Megasthenes visited.

Fragments of Abydenus ‘s writings in Praeparatio evangelica. There are several differences between the accounts of Megasthenes and Diodorus: 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 megashtenes India, resulting in such a large number of rivers.

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Many of these rivers merge into Megastheenswhich is 30 stadia wide at its source, and runs from north to south. They are well-skilled in art. No famines have ever occurred in India because of the following reasons: Dionysus’ urbanization of India makes India a powerful, impregnable nation. Hinduism and the Ethics of Warfare in South Asia: Shashank Rudra marked it as to-read Aug 02, Oxford University Press India. He founded several large cities, introduced laws and established courts.

Akshat Kaushik is currently reading it Nov 02, Alternatively, it is possible that megastehnes later authors misquoted him, trying to find similarities with the Egyptian society, which according to Inddicawas divided into seven social classes.

Oct 12, Anand rated it it was amazing Shelves: Megasthenes’ Indica can be reconstructed using the portions preserved by later writers as direct quotations or paraphrase.

This book provided great knowledge on our history how India had all the resources to manage food was unbelievable. While I started reading this bookI was curious to know what megasthenes had told about India about years back. McCrindle believed that Diodorus’ source for this description was the now-lost book of Megasthenes. The parts that belonged to the original text can be identified from the later works based on similar content, vocabulary and phrasing, even when the content has not been explicitly attributed to Megasthenes.


Tin and other metals are used for making a number of tools, weapons, ornaments, and other articles. Kosminp. For this reason, he was regarded as a deity by the Indians.

Another example is the earliest confirmed description of Gangaridaiwhich appears in the writings of Diodorus. Biggest piece of nonsense I have ever read.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For this reason, he was regarded ijdica a deity by the Indians. From Ariana to the Eastern Sea, it is bound by mountains that are called Kaukasos by the Macedonians. Many merge into Gangeswhich is 30 stadia wide at its source, and runs from north to south. Indians did not use large-scale slavery as a means of production, and slaves in India could buy back their freedom or be released by their master. The law treats everyone equally, but allows the property to be unevenly distributed.

Views Read Edit View history. Five centuries later Clement of Alexandria, in his Stromateismay have misunderstood Megasthenes to be responding indiva claims of Greek primacy by admitting Greek views of physics mgasthenes preceded by those of Jews and Indians. The elephants are domesticated in large numbers, and trained for war.

The population of India is divided into 7 endogamous and hereditary castes: