A Clash of Empires – The Battle of Hydaspes

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A Clash of Empires - The Battle of Hydaspes

The famous Battle of Hydaspes was a battle fought between the opposing forces of Alexander the Great and the Hindu King, Porus. This skirmish took place in 326 BC at a time of rivalry empires and world change. Much subsequent world history was decided here, at the Hydaspes River of Pakistan.

The backdrop behind this story of the world theater starts at a time of opposing empires. The older Persian Empire was holding steadfast to one of its final remaining strongholds, the area now known as Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Alexandrian Empire was on the rise, led by a daunting leader, Alexander the Great.

In 326 BC, this area of Alexander’s military campaign was the main blockage between Alexander’s forces and the east they passionately sought to conquer. King Porus, the then ruler of the area, put up a valiant effort of resistance. This was however, futile.

The battle itself was one of sheer brutality, and a show of the weapons and tactics of the time. Alexander’s forces consisted of thousands of horse and foot units. Arrows, spears, swords, clubs, war elephants, cavalry, and empires collided along the banks of the Hydaspes. Using a two-pronged attack plan, Alexander’s forces split-up and rejoined, ultimately overcoming the overwhelmed Persian forces. In the end, thousands were killed or maimed.

As a sign of great respect, the prevailing Alexander acknowledged the considerable resistance staged by King Porus and thus anointed him the continuing ruler of this area. King Porus would rule this time in the Alexandrian Empire’s name.

Both great rulers went on to continue ruling under the Empire. As further commemorative to the battle, King Porus founded two new cities: Nicaea and Alexandria Bucephalus. The world was, from here on, changed.

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