A report on Patna, Ganges and Megasthenes
He spent time at the court of Sibyrtius, who was a satrap of Arachosia under Antigonus I and then Seleucus I. Megasthenes was then an ambassador for Seleucid king Seleucus I Nicator and to the court of the Mauryan King Chandragupta Maurya in Pataliputra (modern Patna).- Megasthenes
The modern city of Patna is mainly on the southern bank of the river Ganges.- Patna
It has been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals such as Pataliputra, Kannauj, Kara, Munger, Kashi, Patna, Hajipur, Delhi, Bhagalpur, Murshidabad, Baharampur, Kampilya, and Kolkata located on its banks or the banks of tributaries and connected waterways.- Ganges
He must have then traveled to Pataliputra along the Yamuna and the Ganga rivers.- Megasthenes
Megasthenes, the Indo-Greek historian and ambassador to the court of Chandragupta Maurya, gave one of the earliest accounts of the city.- Patna
The first European traveller to mention the Ganges was the Greek envoy Megasthenes (ca.- Ganges
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Pataliputra (IAST: ), adjacent to modern-day Patna, was a city in ancient India, originally built by Magadha ruler Ajatashatru in 490 BCE as a small fort near the Ganges river.
As per the Greek diplomat, traveler and historian Megasthenes, during the Mauryan Empire (c.