On Alexander's Track to the Indus: Personal Narrative of Explorations on the North-West Frontier of India

On Alexander's Track to the Indus: Personal Narrative of Explorations on the North-West Frontier of India

by Sir Aurel Stein

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On Alexander’s Track to the Indus, first published in 1929, is Aurel Stein’s account of the expeditions he mounted following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great during the triumphant invasion that, interestingly, left not a trace in Indian literature or tradition.

Stein’s account has justifiably achieved cult status for the dangers and hardships encountered during his own expeditions; for the light it sheds on Alexander’s invasions, and the wonders of Stein’s discoveries (such as Alexander’s Aornos); the illumination it offers on all fields of interest from archaeology to Indian literary culture, Graeco-Buddhist art and the spread of Buddhism right across Asia.

The remarkable Aurel Stein communicates his passions and enthusiasms effortlessly to the fortunate reader of this classic.

“Stein has a claim to be called the greatest archaeologist-explorer of all: read this and you’ll see why”—Michael Wood

Richly illustrated throughout with maps and black-and-white photographs.

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ISBN-13: 9781787202610
Publisher: Hauraki Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 990,710
File size: 56 MB
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About the Author

Sir Marc Aurel Stein, KCIE, FRAS, FBA (26 November 1862 - 26 October 1943) was a Hungarian-British archaeologist, primarily known for his explorations and archaeological discoveries in Central Asia. He was also a professor at universities in India, where he spent much of his life in the service of the British Empire.

Born to Jewish parents in Budapest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1862, Stein went to England to study oriental languages and archaeology in 1884. He became a British citizen in 1904 and made his famous expeditions with British sponsorship.

In 1887, Stein went to India, where he joined the Punjab University as Registrar. Later, between 1888 and 1899, he was the Principal of Oriental College, Lahore. Realizing the importance of Central Asian history and archaeology, Stein sent a proposal to the government to explore, map and study the people of Central Asia. In May 1900 he received the approval to lead an expedition to Chinese Turkestan which was strategically located in High Asia where the Russians and Germans were already taking interest.

Thus began a series of important Central Asian expeditions traversing virtually the whole of the North-West frontier—territory which had not previously been accessible to Europeans. He recorded his experiences in On Alexander’s Track to the Indus, which was published in 1929.

Stein was also an ethnographer, geographer, linguist and surveyor. His collection of books and manuscripts taken from Dunhuang caves is important for the study of the history of Central Asia and the art and literature of Buddhism. He wrote several volumes on his expeditions and discoveries which include Ancient Khotan, Serindia and Innermost Asia.

He died in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1943 aged 80.

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