This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 Excerpt: ...complaints of the season, excited a mutiny in the troops, and a refusal to advance further. After a severe struggle, Alexander was obliged ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 Excerpt: ...complaints of the season, excited a mutiny in the troops, and a refusal to advance further. After a severe struggle, Alexander was obliged to yield; and contenting himself with the erection of twelve altars, situate perhaps beyond the Beyah, along which he might have moved to avoid the inundation of the lower country, he returned to the banks of the Hydaspes, and embarked on board the fleet which awaited his arrival at Nicaea, leaving to Porus the sovereignty of the country, and contented with the acknowledgment of his own supremacy. When we consider the state of India at the time of Alexander's invasion, divided as it was among petty chiefs who were mutually jealous of each other, -and more ready to aid than Alexander embarked a few days before the heliacal morning setting of the Pleiades, or a few days before the 20th of October, 3-27 before our aera. Strabo. f Megasthenes states their number as one hundred and twenty, in the part of the country known to him. to resist the invader, we cannot but feel some surprize at his proceeding no further. No opposition met him on the Indus, nor in crossing the hills west of the Chelun, which form the first and principal defences of the Punjab; The difficulty with which the passage of the latter river was effected, proves what might have been done by experienced troops in preventing that of the former. But the defeat of Porus left the banks of the Punjab rivers unoccupied, and when another army was formed, it preferred the paltry defences of a town to the natural barriers of the country. From the little that historians convey to us on the subject, we are at a loss to account for Alexander's retreat, and are tempted to believe that, having employed from the month of March to August in the conquest of a part of the Punja..
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