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. 1822 Excerpt: ...plant of whose fame grows up over the temple of Brahma's egg, (the universe, ) from the repeated watering of it with the drops that fell ...Read MoreThis 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. 1822 Excerpt: ...plant of whose fame grows up over the temple of Brahma's egg, (the universe, ) from the repeated watering of it with the drops that fell from the eyes of the wives of his slaughtered foe.'" Such are the traits of the rulers who flourished in Indostan, and such the subjects of panegyric and the ideas of merit and honour, which prevailed. The penal laws were cruel and partial in the extreme, and the practical conduct of the petty despotisms was in every thing the reverse of mild. "A thunderbolt," says the author of the Hetapodesa, "and the power of kings are both dreadful, but the former expendeth its fury at once, while the latter is constantly falling on our heads.' "The conduct of princes," says the same work, "like a fine harlot, is of many colours; true and false; harsh and gentle; cruel and merciful; niggardly and generous; extravagant of expense and insatiably solicitous of the influx of treasure.'" "A man of good principles is hard to be found in a country governed for the most part by the rod. Princes, alas, in general, turn away their faces from a man of good qualities.."It appears from ancient historians that Indostan has alPenian and rr....' Grecian ways been subject to incursions and devastations in thedi conque-ti. rection 0f Western Tartary and the Paropamisan mountains. One of the most valuable of the satrapies of Darius Hystaspes was in India. The conquests of Alexander did not extend quite so far as the previous possessions of that monarch. Part of India, as far as the mouth of the river Indus, was included at one time in the kingdom of Bactria, possessed by the Grecian successors of Alexander. Wiimm'i Hetapodesa, p. 161. 88. lfiO. 166. More sweeping conquests were afterwards made by the ...Read Less
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