- Jun 2012
Really. I wonder why you have to think that way. As a history hobbyist, I have lots of lots of respect for all ancient warriors, powers, kingdoms, nations, empires etc., including those of both Greece & India. But I have to admit that I have a big problem with this idea that one ancient man is simply beyond the possibility of having been defeated at all, no matter where, in what situation & who he fought. Nothing to do with lack of respect about that at all. That is only an accusation from you. And it's not because I have any claim to lineage from India or Indians at all.???
No one here has shown a lack of respect to anyone, apart from you to the Greeks. You said that because they lose to the Turks in 1500AD, they must have lost to the Indians in 500BC, and said so in clearly offensive terms. Frankly, such a line of reasoning is pretty much racist too.
That Byzantine Greeks lost to Turks in 11th century, and kept losing to them in later centuries, are uncontestable facts of history. I am not claiming that because of that, then they must have certainly lost at Hydaspes too. But just pushing back against this long held doctrine of Alexandrian invincibility. And Hydaspes was not really some historically incontestible battle event on the same level as Manzikert & Constantinople. Hydaspes is relatively much more open to debate & argument. That is the very purpose of this thread, right?
BTW, Hydaspes was not 500 BC, but more like circa 320 - 330 BC.