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Semiramis' LegacyThe History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily$
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Jan Stronk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414258

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414258.001.0001

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From Persepolis to Babylon

From Persepolis to Babylon

(p.334) 6 From Persepolis to Babylon
Semiramis' Legacy

Jan P. Stronk

Edinburgh University Press

Having learned that King Darius was murdered by his relative Bessus, who himself subsequently proclaimed to be the rightful Achaemenid king, Alexander III the Great started the pursuit of Bessus. After Bessus’ death, Alexander marched further east, entering ‘India’, in fact the Punjab. After an encounter with one of the kings of this region, King Porus, Alexander moved south over the River Indus to the Indian Ocean. From there he finally returned to Babylon (overcoming many hardships) and died there, either from natural causes or due to having been poisoned.

Keywords:   Darius III, Alexander III the Great, Bessus, India, Punjab, Porus, River Indus, Babylon

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