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Megasthenes on the“Physics”of the Greeks, Brahmans, and Jews

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

in The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520253360
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253360.003.0005
Megasthenes on the“Physics”of the Greeks, Brahmans, and Jews

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This chapter studies the theories about how much the Indian thought and ways of life may have influenced Greek thought, and also considers the supposed connection of the Jews with India and the Indians. It begins with a study on the interpretations of Megasthenes' reference to the Jews, followed by an account of Megasthenes' life and works, as well as his comment on the Jews, which has survived thanks to Clement of Alexandria. The chapter then discusses Megasthenes' comparison of the opinions of the Brahmans and the Greeks, and also identifies the similarities and dissimilarities among the Brahmans, the Jews, and the “Ancient” Greeks.

Keywords: Indian thought; Greek thought; Megasthenes; Clement of Alexandria; Jews; Brahmans

Chapter.  14728 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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