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Posted - 27 Aug 2006 :  03:16:49  

Alexander the great conquered some parts of India. Alexander was called as Sikander in India.

One of the Indian commander under Alexander the great was the Porus. Porus was called Poru in India.

There was another Indian Commander called sandrocottos in Alexander's camp who later on became emperor of India and is said that he defeated Selucus and married his daughter. He was called Chandragupta Maurya emperor of Mauryan Empire.

His son was called allitrochades or Amitrochates in Greek and Bindusara alias 'Amitraghata' (Slayer of Enemy)in India.

The son of allitrochades was called Ashoka The great. Who was famous for his Kalinga Conquest and later on adopted Buddhism. Some say that he was also called "Devanpriya" meaning "Beloved of Gods" or "Priyadarshani". He was also called "Dharmashoka" i.e. noble ashoka previously called as "Chandashoka" i.e. cruel ashoka.

As all kings before him and after him had greek and indian names then it is great mystery why does not he has an greek name?

Does anybody know his greek name? He was famouse of the ashoka eddicts and conquest of Kalinga. He sent missionaries accross the country to preach buddhism.

This was time of indo-greek kings.

rulers during ashoka

"The conquest by Dharma has been won here, on the borders, and even six hundred yojanas (4,000 miles) away, where the Greek king Antiochos rules, beyond there where the four kings named Ptolemy, Antigonos, Magas(Magas of Cyrene) and Alexander rule, likewise in the south among the Cholas, the Pandyas, and as far as Tamraparni." (Edicts of Ashoka, 13th Rock Edict, S. Dhammika).

Antiochos refers to Antiochus II Theos of Syria (261-246 BCE), who controlled the Seleucid Empire from Syria to Bactria, in the east from 305 BCE to 250 BCE, and was therefore a direct neighbor of Ashoka.

Ptolemy refers to Ptolemy II Philadelphos of Egypt (285-247 BCE), king of the dynasty founded by Ptolemy I, a former general of Alexander the Great, in Egypt.

Antigonos refers to Antigonus II Gonatas of Macedon (278-239 BCE)

Magas refers to Magas of Cyrene (300-258 BCE)

Alexander refers to Alexander II of Epirus (272-258 BCE).



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Posted - 27 Aug 2006 :  14:16:06  


Would it be, perhaps, Piodasses?

Here is an excerpt I found at wikipedia:

Fragments of Edict 13 have been found in Greek, and a full Edict, written in both Greek and Aramaic has been discovered in Kandahar. It is said to be written in excellent Classical Greek, using sophisticated philosophical terms. In this Edict, Ashoka uses the word Eusebeia ("Piety") as the Greek translation for the ubiquitous "Dharma" of his other Edicts written in Prakrit:

"Ten years (of reign) having been completed, King Piodasses (Ashoka) made known (the doctrine of) Piety (εὐσέβεια, Eusebeia) to men; and from this moment he has made men more pious, and everything thrives throughout the whole world. And the king abstains from (killing) living beings, and other men and those who (are) huntsmen and fishermen of the king have desisted from hunting. And if some (were) intemperate, they have ceased from their intemperance as was in their power; and obedient to their father and mother and to the elders, in opposition to the past also in the future, by so acting on every occasion, they will live better and more happily."

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Posted - 31 Aug 2006 :  10:13:43  


Thank you George

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