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Hinduism - Who Was Megasthenes?

 


(3rd century BCE) Seleucus Nicator, an officer in Alexander the Great's army who commanded the eastern portion of the empire following Alexander's death, dispatched an ambassador to Chandragupta Maurya's court.

Megasthenes spent a long time at Pataliputra, the Mauryan capital.

His tales of life in India are the first European accounts of the country.

Although his original story no longer survives, it is attested to by many allusions to it in the works of subsequent Greek authors; yet, these writers often express questions about his authenticity and accuracy.


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