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A Greek general practitioner serving on the court docket of the Persian king Artaxerxes Ii within the 5th century Bc, Ctesias met travelers and viewers from the a ways jap reaches of the Persian Empire, retailers from alongside the Silk street and Indians from close to the Indus Valley. His Indika (On India), used to be the 1st monograph ever written on India through a western writer, introducing its readers to such really good creatures because the unicorn and the martichora, besides actual existence matters resembling the parrot and the artwork of falconry. Confirming pre-existing conceptions of what have been thought of to be the sides of the earth, Ctesias' Indika assisted in shaping the Greek view of India. This English translation is followed by means of explanatory notes and comprises all extant fragments of the Indika, in addition to fragments of Ctesias' different minor works.

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