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On Alexander's Track to the Indus
Personal Narrative of Explorations on the North-West Frontier of India Carried Out under the Orders of H.M. Indian Government

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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077606

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  • The Hungarian-born archaeologist Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943) is probably best remembered today for his explorations in Chinese Turkestan, and especially his discovery of the Buddhist treasure of Dunhuang, described in his earlier works, Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan and Ruins of Desert Cathay (also reissued in this series). Stein was equally interested in the territory north-west of the North-West Frontier, and in this highly illustrated 1929 work he describes an expedition to survey the route of Alexander the Great's invasion of India in 326 BCE. Having long been intrigued by 'that comparatively small area to the west of the Indus which Alexander's march of conquest towards India for a brief span of time illuminates as it were with the light of a meteor', and by archaeological remains showing a blend of Hellenistic and Buddhist art, Stein offers a fascinating account of an ancient clash of civilisations.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077606
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. An old transborder goal
    2. The start from Swat
    3. Visits to Buddhist ruins
    4. Welcome by an old friend
    5. Bir-kot and the ruins around it
    6. Alexander's invasion of Swat
    7. Past King Uttarasena's stupa
    8. Ude-gram and its ancient fastness
    9. At the Badshah's capital
    10. Buddhist remains about Saidu and Manglawar
    11. On the way to the Swat Kohistan
    12. The entry into Torwal
    13. To the headwaters of the Swat river
    14. Across the Swat–Indus watershed
    15. Over the Shilkai Pass and down Kana
    16. The ascent to Pir-sar
    17. In search of Aornos
    18. The survey of Pir-sar
    19. The story of Alexander's siege of Aornos
    20. Aornos located on Pir-sar
    21. Ancient remains of Pir-sar and the name of Mount Una
    22. Farewell to an historic site and its story
    23. Through Chakesar and Puran
    24. To Buner and Mount Ilam
    25. Departure from Swat
    Index.

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    M. Aurel Stein

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