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The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks

Richard Stoneman


When the Greeks and Macedonians in Alexander's army reached India in 326 BCE, they entered a new and strange world. They knew a few legends and travelers' tales, but their categories of thought were inadequate to encompass what they witnessed. The plants were unrecognizable, their properties unknown. The customs of the people were various and puzzling. While Alexander's conquest was brief, ending with his death in 323 BCE, the Greeks would settle in the Indian region for the next two centuries, forging an era of productive interactions between the two cultures. This book explores the various w ... More

Keywords: Greeks, Macedonians, India, Megasthenes, Indo-Greek kingdom, cultural influence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154039
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Stoneman, author
University of Exeter