The Historical Setting of Megasthenes' Indica

  title={The Historical Setting of Megasthenes' Indica},
  author={Albert Brian Bosworth},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={113 - 127}
  • A. Bosworth
  • Published 1 April 1996
  • History
  • Classical Philology
T HE INDICA OF Megasthenes is justly famous.1 It contained the first eyewitness description of the Gangetic plain by any Westerner and documented a diplomatic meeting with Chandragupta, the founder of the Mauryan Empire.2 According to the traditional view, that meeting took place in 304/3 B.C., when Chandragupta's power was at its zenith; Megasthenes was the emissary of Seleucus Nicator, and helped negotiate the famous exchange of provinces for elephants that preceded the campaign of Ipsus.3… 
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