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35100pftsr6ForwardToThePast: BackInThe4thCenturyBC


ALEXANDER HIMSELF
CONTINUED TO CAMPAIGN
RELENTLESSLY, CIRCLING BACK
THROUGH THE HINDU KUSH AND MARCHING DOWN
THE INDUS VALLEY, AGAIN FOUNDING NEW STRONGHOLDS WITH GARRISONS ~
although by now meeting with regular cries of protest from his weary and homesick men!
From a military perspective, his achievements by the time he died at the age of 32 in Babylon in 323 BC,
in circumstances that remain shrouded in mystery, were nothing short of sensational? The speed & extent
of his conquests were staggering. What was no less impressive - though often much more ignored - is the scale
of the legacy he left behind, and how the influences of Ancient Greece blended with those of Persia, India, Central
Asia & eventually China too! Although Alexander's sudden death was followed by a period of turbulence & infighting
between his senior commanders, a leader soon emerged for the eastern half of the New Territories; an officer born in
Northern Macedonia named SELEUCUS who had taken part in all the king's major expeditions? Within a few years of his
patron's death, he found himself governor of Lànds that stretched from the Tigris to the Indus River; these territories
were só làrge and that they resembled not a kingdom but an empire in its own right. He founded a dynasty, known as
the SELEUCIDS, that was to rule for nearly three centuries?! Alexander's victories are often & easily dismissed as
a brilliant series of short-term gains, his legacy widely thought of as ephemeral & temporary!?
But these were no transitory achievements; they were the start
of a new chapter for the region lying
between the Mediterranian
& the Himalayas.