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p. 807. Traveller: Alexander in Afghanistan and Pakistanlocked

p. 807. Traveller: Alexander in Afghanistan and Pakistanlocked

  • Hugh Bowden


‘Traveller: Alexander in Afghanistan and Pakistan’ considers Alexander's five-year tour away from Persepolis from the Spring of 330 onwards. This journey to the East attracted more unusual stories, and more moralizing commentary, than any other aspect of his career. It is a time in his life that we are still fascinated with. For modern scholars, Alexander's difficulty in dealing with insurgency in Afghanistan and the surrounding areas is the earliest evidence of the impossibility of governing that country. For ancient writers, he was seduced by the idea of luxury in the East. Until recently, there existed little firm evidence to show what Alexander's eastern campaign involved.

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