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Megasthenes (c. 350 BC-290 BC) was a Greek traveller and geographer. He was born in Asia Minor and became an ambassador sent by Seleucus I of Syria to the court of Sandrocottus (Chandragupta Maurya) of India. Centuries: 5th century BC - 4th century BC - 3rd century BC Decades: 400s BC 390s BC 380s BC 370s BC 360s BC - 350s BC - 340s BC 330s BC 320s BC 310s BC 300s BC 355 BC 354 BC 353 BC 352 BC 351 BC - 350 BC - 349 BC 348 BC 347... Centuries: 4th century BC - 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC Decades: 340s BC 330s BC 320s BC 310s BC 300s BC 290s BC 280s BC 270s BC 260s BC 250s BC 240s BC 295 BC 294 BC 293 BC 292 BC 291 BC 290 BC 289 BC 288 BC 287... A geographer is a crazy psycho whose area of study is geocrap, the pseudoscientific study of Earths physical environment and human habitat and the study of boring students to death. ... Anatolia (Greek: ανατολη anatole, rising of the sun or East; compare Orient and Levant, by popular etymology Turkish Anadolu to ana mother and dolu filled), also called by the Latin name of Asia Minor, is a region of Southwest Asia which corresponds today to the Asian portion of Turkey. ... Seleucus I (surnamed for later generations Nicator, in Greek:Σέλευκος Νικάτωρ) (c. ... This article deals with the fourth century BC founder of the Maurya dynasty. ... Jump to: navigation, search Chandragupta Maurya (Hindi:चन्द्रगुप्त मौर्य ) (ruled 322–298 BC), also known as Sandrocottus to the Greeks, was the founder of the first imperial power in India, and became the first Emperor of the Mauryan Empire. ...

His observations were recorded in Indica, a work that served as an important source to many later writers such as Strabo. He describes such features as the Himalayas and the island of Sri Lanka. He also described India's caste system. Indica is the Greek name for India, and also the title of Megasthenes account of his travels in India as ambassador in Chandragupta Mauryas court It is also the name of a car sold by the Indian company TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company. ... Strabo (squinty) was a term employed by the Romans for anyone whose eyes were distorted or deformed. ... Perspective view of the Himalaya and Mount Everest as seen from space looking south-south-east from over the Tibetan Plateau. ... Jump to: navigation, search A caste system is a rigid system of social stratification, which divides members of a society into different castes and sub-castes or Varnas and jatis. ...

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  • Surviving text of Indica

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Megasthenes is repeatedly referred to by Arrian, Strabo, Diodorus, and Pliny.
There is every reason for believing that Megasthenes gave a faithful account of every thing that fell under his own observation; and the picture which he presents of Indian manners and institutions is upon the whole more correct than might have been expected.
Every thing that is known respecting Megasthenes and his work, is collected with great diligence by Schwanbeck, in a treatise entitled "Megasthenis Indica.
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