Uncategorized · October 28, 2021

Foreign Accounts of Ancient South Asia


I am Alexander, the world conqueror,” he shouted.
“You are sitting on my land. Submit or I’ll kill you … ”

“Your land? the yogi “Dandamis” chuckled, The land belongs to no one, O King!”

“Before you, there were others who claimed it as theirs. After you, there’ll be others who will say it’s theirs. All creation belongs to the god alone and no one has the right to destroy what he hasn’t created. Your hands are all red with blood. You might have a temporary claim on the land, but you have permanent scars on your soul.”

  • Skylax
  • Hekataios (600 BCE), geographer listed places and people in the Indus
  • Herodotus treatment of India (in 5th cBCE he said Serbs biggest nation after Indians?)
  • Indika by Ctesias
  • Onesicritus (360-290 BCE), helmsman for Alexander the Great – held a conference with the ascetics/Gymnosophists. After Alexander met some yogis on the bank of the river, he sent him to summon Dandamis to Taxila? First author to mention Taprobane/Thamirabarani
  • Indika by Megasthenes (350-290 BCE), Greek ambassador for Selecuid king Seleucus I Nicator inthe court of Chandragupta Maurya in Pataliputra
  • Deimachus, ambassador to Bindusara
  • Dionysius, ambassador to Ashoka
  • The Voyage of Nearchus: From the Indus to the Euphrates, Indike by Arrian (86-160 AD)


  • Xuanzhang (602-664 CE)
  • Hieun Tsang?


Bindusara requested Antiochus to send him sweet wine, dried figs and a sophist.[11] Antiochus replied that he would send the wine and the figs, but the Greek laws forbade him to sell a sophist