Iranian and Macedonian Invasions

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195687859
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080366 | DOI:
Iranian and Macedonian Invasions

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The Indian subjects were enrolled in the Iranian army. The Indo-Iranian contact lasted for about 200 years. It gave an impetus to Indo-Iranian trade and commerce. The cultural results were more substantial. The Greeks eventually ruined the Iranian empire under the leadership of Alexander of Macedonia. Following the conquest of Iran, Alexander moved on to Kabul, from where he marched to India through the Khyber Pass. The Greek soldiers were told of a formidable power on the Ganges. Alexander’s campaign paved the way for Greek merchants and craftsmen, and elevated the existing facilities for trade. It also increased the Greek settlements and expanded the Maurya Empire.

Keywords: Indo-Iranian trade; Indo-Iranian commerce; Alexander; Greek settlements; Maurya Empire; Greek merchants; Greek craftsmen

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Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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