Phoenix: On Alexander's Track to the Indus: Personal Narrative of Explorations on the North-West Frontier of India

Phoenix: On Alexander's Track to the Indus: Personal Narrative of Explorations on the North-West Frontier of India

by Aurel Stein

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Overview

The remarkable Aurel Stein embarked on an expedition to retrace Alexander the Great's triumphant invasion of India. Stein's tale has justifiably achieved cult status for the dangers and hardships he encountered; for the light it sheds on Alexander's journey; and for the information it provides about archeology, art, culture, and religion. Richly illustrated with black-and-white plates and maps drawn by Stein himself. "...a gripping piece of on-the-ground research...Stein's photos are an amazing record of cultures and societies of that fascinating region and his tale is a fantastic journey..."—Michael Wood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842124079
Publisher: Phoenix Press, WC2
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Series: Phoenix Press Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

I.An Old Transborder Goal1
II.The Start for Swat9
III.Visits to Buddhist Ruins17
IV.Welcome by an Old Friend22
V.Bir-kot and the Ruins around it30
VI.Alexander's Invasion of Swat41
VII.Past King Uttarasena's Stupa49
VIII.Ude-gram and its ancient Fastness53
IX.At the Badshah's Capital62
X.Buddhist Remains about Saidu and Manglawar72
XI.On the Way to the Swat Kohistan81
XII.The Entry into Torwal89
XIII.To the Headwaters of the Swat River94
XIV.Across the Swat-Indus Watershed99
XV.Over the Shilkai Pass and down Kana105
XVI.The Ascent to Pir-sar113
XVII.In Search of Aornos120
XVIII.The Survey of Pir-sar128
XIX.The Story of Alexander's Siege of Aornos135
XX.Aornos located on Pir-sar143
XXI.Ancient Remains at Pir-sar and the Name of Mount Una149
XXII.Farewell to an Historic Site and its Story155
XXIII.Through Chakesar and Puran160
XXIV.To Buner and Mount Ilam166
XXV.Departure from Swat172
Index175

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