Ctesias: On India by Andrew Nichols PDF

By Andrew Nichols

A Greek physician serving on the court docket of the Persian king Artaxerxes II within the 5th century BC, Ctesias met travelers and viewers from the a long way jap reaches of the Persian Empire, retailers from alongside the Silk street and Indians from close to the Indus Valley. His Indika (On India), was once the 1st monograph ever written on India via a western writer, introducing its readers to such magnificent creatures because the unicorn and the martichora, in addition to genuine existence topics equivalent to the parrot and the paintings of falconry. Confirming pre-existing conceptions of what have been thought of to be the perimeters of the earth, Ctesias' Indika contributed to shaping the Greek view of India. This English translation is followed through explanatory notes and contains all extant fragments of the Indika, in addition to fragments of Ctesias' different minor works.

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