Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

The Arthashastra

The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, authored in the 4th century BCE by Kautilya (popularly known as Chanakya), a professor at Takshashila University and advisor … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Megasthenes at the Mauryan Court

Shortly after Alexander and his troops withdrew from India in 325 BCE, leaving behind satraps (governors) in Taxila, Western Punjab and the Indus Valley, Chandragupta Maurya founded the first great … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alexander the Great in the Punjab

Dutch historian and author of a biography of Alexander the Great, Jona Lendering critically reviews the Macedonian king’s march through ancient Pakistan, highlighting the extreme violence used in the campaign. … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

On Raja Paurava and Alexander

Pakistani author and travel writer Salman Rashid pays homage to Raja Paurava, the King Porus who gave battle to Alexander the Great at the river Jhelum in 326 BCE. Rashid … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Invasion of India by Alexander the Great

Alexander of Macedon, after conquering all of present-day Turkey, Egypt, the Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, set his sights on what the Greeks considered the frontier of the known world … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Herodotus on India

Herodotus of Greece, the “Father of History”, had a most vague and meagre knowledge of the Indian subcontinent. He knew that it was one of the remotest provinces of the Persian Empire … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment