Antonetti, Claudia, & Paolo Biagi (ed.). 2017. With Alexander in India and Central Asia: moving east and back to west. Oxbow Books.
Alexander conquered most parts of the Western World, but there is a great deal of controversy over his invasion of India, the least known of his campaigns. In BC 327 Alexander came to India, and tried to cross the Jhelum river for the invasion, but was then confronted by King Porus who ruled an area in what is now the Punjab. According to Indian history he was stopped by Porus at his entry into the country, but most of the world still believes that Alexander won the battle. Fearing the prospect of facing other large armies and exhausted by years of campaigning, Alexander’s army mutinied at the Hyphasis River, refusing to march farther east. This river thus marks the easternmost extent of Alexander’s conquests.
Twelve papers in this volume examine aspects of Alexander’s Indian campaign, the relationship between him and his generals, the potential to use Indian sources, and evidence for the influence of policies of Alexander in neighbouring areas such as Iran and Russia.
Table of contents:
- SILVIA BARBANTANI: Alexander’s Presence (and Absence) in Hellenistic Poetry
- TIMOTHY HOWE: Plutarch, Arrian and the Hydaspes: An Historiographical Approach
- FEDERICOMARI AMUCCIOLI: Classical sources and proskynesis. History of a Misunderstanding
- MAREK JAN OLBRYCHT: Alexander the Great at Susa (324 B.C.)
- GIUSEPPE SQUILLACE: Darius versus Darius: Portrayal of the Enemy in Alexander’s Propaganda
- EDWARD M. ANSON: Fortress Egypt: The Abortive Invasions of 320 and 306 BC
- VÍCTOR ALONSO TRONCOSO: Antigonus Monophthalmus and Alexander’s Memory
- SABINE MÜLLER: Visualizing Political Friendship, Family Ties, and Links to the Argead Past in the Time of the Successors
- DANIEL OGDEN: Seleucus, his Signet Ring and his Diadem
- MANUELA MARI: A «Lawless Piety» in an Age of Transition. Demetrius the Besieger and the Political Uses of Greek Religion
- FRANCES POWNALL: Alexander’s Political Legacy in the West: Duris on Agathocles
- LUISA PRANDI: Philodemus of Gadara on Callisthenes and Alexander (New Light from PHerc 1675 and 1050)
- JOSEPH ROISMAN: CONCLUSIONS