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John Boardman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181752

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181752.001.0001

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Fellow Travellers, Marco Polo to TV

Fellow Travellers, Marco Polo to TV

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(p.147) IX Fellow Travellers, Marco Polo to TV
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Alexander the Great
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John Boardman

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181752.003.0010

This chapter considers how many travellers have attempted to follow Alexander's footsteps, or in their account of their own Asian journeys have made a point of referring to him as their forerunner, even guide. During the Great Game, the struggle between the great powers, mainly Britain and Russia, for control of Afghanistan and surrounding territory on the Gateway to India, there were many worthies in this great man's footsteps. The American Josiah Harlan was one of the first, becoming a general of the Afghan army and allegedly obsessed with Alexander, yet he seems never directly to refer to him in his annals.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, travellers, Asian journeys, Great Game, Afghanistan, Gateway to India, Josiah Harlan

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