Nagara: An Ancient Indo-Dionysiac Metropolis

Cosmographia: The Graeco-Romans, the Egyptians and Us

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Disclaimer: This episode of the podcast is an audio retelling of a column of the same name by Souhardya in the Sunday Guardian. “Amongst the inestimable Olympians that rule the various natural forces, planets and emotions in the entire ethereal universe, one is Dionysus (Roman: Bacchus), the Greek god of wine, fertility and ecstasy. His cult (the cult of Dionysus) is widely associated with the Orphic cult, the latter having been found by Orpheus, a famed musician and former Argonaut.” Dionysus had, in his infancy, travelled from the West to the East and taught its people to cultivate and culture vine. During his days in the East, he had founded a city between the Kabul and the Indus River. The earliest details of this city called Nagara, presently Nagara Ghundi (Nyssa or Nysa?) in Afghanistan are to be found in Ptolemy’s ‘Geōgraphikḕ Hyphḗgēsis’, who locates it to be in ‘India intra Gangem’ or ‘India within the Ganges’ and calls it ‘Dionysopolis’. Furthermore, Greek military commander and historian, Arrian of Nicomedia, in his work entitled, ‘Anabasis of Alexander’ details us on why this city had been spared by the Macedonian mogul Alexander, like none other.

8m 20s  ·  Dec 20, 2020

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