A System of Geography, Popular and Scientific, Or, a Physical, Political, and Statistical Account of the World and Its Various Divisions Volume 4, N

A System of Geography, Popular and Scientific, Or, a Physical, Political, and Statistical Account of the World and Its Various Divisions Volume 4, N

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ... have attained some acquaintance with those regions, yet their knowledge seems not to have been communicated to the Greeks, and consequently no part of it has reached modern times. Alexander's discoveries Alexander, who appears to have had more liberal views, and greater political sagacity, than generally belongs to mere conquerors, was careful to examine the countries through which he passed. Men of learning were always attached to his army, who made such surveys of the various regions and their inhabitants, as the state of science and the time allowed for their observations would permit. When we are informed that such information as could be obtained from the natives of the different countries was carefully noted, we have some reason to be surprised at their ignorance of the periodical rains by which the progress of the army was at last intercepted; and also to conclude, that the inhabitants of ever, the eastern parts of Persia had little intercourse with that part of Asia which now passes by the name of India. When Alexander found that his army was unwilling to proceed farther by land, his generals, Lagus, Near, chus and Aristobulus, embarked upon the Indus. The fleet sailed about 1000 miles before it reached the ocean; and, having surveyed the country upon the banks, it continued its voyage along the coast, till it arrived at the Persian gulf. Egyptian and Syrian discoveries Seleueus, who succeeded Pytho in the sovereignty of the eastern part of Alexander's conquests, is said not only to have undertaken an expedition into India, but to have penetrated as far as Pataliputra on the Ganges. Of this expedition, however, we have received only a few hints from writers of doubtful authority; and the whole is considered as being involved in...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236504054
  • 9781236504050