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Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

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Sikandar and the History of India

Sikandar and the History of India

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(p.90) (p.91) 2 Sikandar and the History of India
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The Classics and Colonial India
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Phiroze Vasunia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.003.0003

Alexander the Great is the subject of two chapters in the book. In this second chapter, the author examines both Indian and European responses to Alexander. The author analyses how the ancient conqueror figures in the historiography of South Asia and how he merits differing treatments in British (e.g. E. Bevan, V. A. Smith, W. W. Tarn) and Indian (e.g. R. C. Majumdar, A. K. Narain) writings. Indian approaches to Alexander form part of a long tradition that goes back to the Mughal period and to Persian and Indian sources of earlier centuries. For many modern Indian nationalists, however, it is not Alexander but Porus who emerges as the true hero of the Indo-Greek encounter. The chapter includes a consideration of Alexander in Indian poetry, drama, and fiction.

Keywords:   alexander the great, porus, persian, mughal, indian, e. bevan, v. a. smith, w. w. tarn, r. c. majumdar, a. k. narain

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