- Nov 2011
- The Bluff
Selucus was not interested in this (arid and far-off) region, he just wanted peace on his eastern borders so that he could concentrate on the western border. I do not think anyone denies influence.
The Wiki article needs to be read with caution (as always). There are problems with its view. Alexander is described as having "retreated" but more indicative of the author's prejudices are statements such as the following:
Chandragupta's mercenaries may have assassinated two of Alexander's governors, Nicanor and Philip. He probably fought Alexander's satraps, including Eudemus – who left the territory in 317 BCE; and Peithon, who governed cities near the Indus River until he left for Babylon in 316 BCE.
With Eudamos and Peithon, the clear implication of the author's statement is that this pair left because of supposed inroads by Chandragupta. Both these men did leave their satrapies but hardly for any such reason. Eudamos murdered Poros (sometime between 321 and 318) and headed west to join a satrapal coalition to fight against the aggrandising Peithon (not he mentioned above). Nothing indicates he was planning not ever to return for this coalition was soon taken over by Eumenes in the great struggle against Antigonos; the end of which saw Eudamos' murder. Peithon, now gover of Para[amisodai, was subsequently summoned by the victor, Antigonos and made satrap of Babylonia in place of Seleukos.