8- The Land of Dionysus

After rampaging his way around the closer eastern provinces, Seleucus’ peace deal with Antigonus allowed him to gaze further east and start greedily dreaming about conquest further afield. On the podcast today, we will see Seleucus copy both Alexander the Great and the Persians by invading India. But, as we saw in episode 4, he doesn’t face the disunited political scene that they did. It’s time for the Seleucids and the Maurya to butt heads…

Sources for this episode: 1) Bevan, E. R. (1902), the House of Seleucus, Vol. I. London: Edward Arnold. 2) Szczepanski, K., ThoughtCo (updated 2019), Biography of Chandragupta Maurya, Founder of the Mauryan Empire (online) [Accessed 13/01/2021]. 3) Hirst, K. K., ThoughtCo (updated 2018), The Mauryan Empire Was the First Dynasty to Rule Most of India (online) [Accessed 13/01/2021]. 4) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Seleucus I Nicator (online) [Accessed 10/01/2021]. 5) Cooke, F., Dingle, H., Hutchinson, S., McKay, G., Schodde, R., Tait, R. and Vogt, R. (2008), The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide. Sydney: Weldon Own Pty Ltd. 6) Kosmin, P. J. (2014), The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 7) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Megasthenes’ Herakles (online) [Accessed 14/01/2021]. 8) Komnene, A. (c.1148), the Alexiad. Translated by Sewter, E. R. A. (1969). London: Penguin Classics, Penguin Books Ltd.

A speculative interpretation of the idea that Chandragupta married a Seleucid princess. Carrying on the speculative identification from the audio, one of the two enthroned women would possibly represent Berenice, daughter of Seleucus I. By Unknown author – Hutchinson’s story of the nations, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20046457
A statue depicting Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan empire. By आशीष भटनागर at Hindi Wikipedia – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27098013. Cropped from the original.