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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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”. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mihai marked it as to-read Aug 13, He had several sons and one daughter, who became rulers in different parts of his dominion.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem? A megasthdnes, prescribed by ancient Indian philosophers, bans slavery. His descendants ruled India for several generations, but never launched an expedition beyond India.

India has very fertile plains, and irrigation is practised meagsthenes. Dionysus’ urbanization of India makes India a powerful, impregnable nation. The later ruler — the Indian Herakles — is presented as a native of India, despite similarities with the Greek Heracles. Hinduism and the Ethics of Warfare in South Asia: Megasthenes mentions seven castes in India, while the Indian texts mention only four social classes varnas.


Kapil marked it as to-read Apr 18, Megasthenes states that there were no slaves in India, but the Arthashastra attests to the existence of slavery in contemporary India; [35] Strabo also counters Megasthenes’s claim based on a report from Onesicritus. Indca parts indicw 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.


According to them, Herakles was a powerful man who subjugated evil beasts. McCrindleMegasthenes’ Indica describes India as follows:.

Rameshwar rated it really liked it May 02, India has very fertile plains, and irrigation is indkca widely. In Eran Almagor, Joseph Skinner. Lists with This Book. Mehul Joshi rated it really liked it Dec 18, This is a reproduction of a book published before During winter, wheat is sown. Indus megastnenes runs from north to south, and has several navigable tributaries. Aug 03, Rohan Talkad rated it it was ok. India is a quadrilateral-shaped country, bounded by the ocean on the southern and the eastern side.

Shaun Tan rated it really liked it Dec 30, He described India in his book Indikawhich is now lostbut has been partially reconstructed from the writings of the later authors.

The Ganges empties into the ocean that forms the eastern boundary of Gangaridai. Rohan Roy rated it it was amazing Feb 24, KosminThe Land of the Elephant Kings: In the remotest parts, the shadows fall southward, and even Arcturus is not visible.

Special officers are appointed to ensure that no foreigner meyasthenes harmed, and judges hand out harsh punishment to those who take unfair advantage of the foreigners. To ask other readers questions about Indicaplease sign up. The Indians who inhabit the hill country also claim that Herakles was one of them.


Indica Books marked it as to-read Aug 20, Indus also runs from north to south, and has several navigable tributaries. 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. For this reason, he was regarded as a deity by the Indians. BosworthDiodorus obtained this information from Hieronymus of Cardia: Of these writers, Arrian speaks most highly of Megasthennes, while Strabo and Pliny treat him with less respect.

Is there a hindi translation available. His descendants ruled India for several generations, before being dethroned and replaced by democratic city-states.

Indica by Megasthenes

Shruthi Bandyadka marked it as to-read Aug 17, Megasthenes’ Indica can be reconstructed using the portions preserved by later writers as direct quotations or paraphrase. No famines have ever occurred in India because of the following reasons: The original book is now lost, but its fragments have survived in later Greek and Latin works. People in india usually used to brag about the culture and tradition we had long back whch I dont believe that easily as I have not reasearched it.

Steve marked it as to-read Nov 17, Gold, silver, copper and iron are abundant on Indian soil. Want to Read saving…. According to Paul J. The Indian elephants are far stronger than the Libyan elephantsbecause of the abundance of food on the Indian soil.

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