Here, on the edges of the earth, Theagenes faces the prospect of being sacrificed in an ancestral rite by Hydaspes
, the king of the Ethiopians and his father-in-law-to-be, when a giraffe suddenly appears, the culmination of the tribute and gifts presented to the king.
In 2003 we noted the variability of Hydaspes
in response to Chryse dust activity, and it also looked somewhat variable in 2005 (see under 'dust storms').
A year later, after a costly victory at Hydaspes
(hye-DAS-peez), his soldiers refused to go any farther.
Alexander's campaign of conquest finally ran out of steam on the banks of the Hydaspes
, modern-day Jhelum river.
10 Perth Alexander the Great's horse who served him in numerous battles and who is believed to have died after the Battle of the Hydaspes
in 326 BC, in what is now modern Pakistan.
They hang in close proximity to a seventeenth-century oil by Dutch master Karel van Mander III featuring the dark-hued couple Hydaspes
and Persinna, who according to legend gave birth to a white-hued daughter, Chariclea.
In contrast, after seeking and hearing an account of the usual wonders of Egypt, the Ethiopian king Hydaspes
is unimpressed and asserts that all these supposed Egyptian wonders are actually wonders of Ethiopia, where the Nile has its origin (Aith.
Emma Hodder, Diary, Hydaspes
, London to Lyttelton, June 30 to September 29, 1869, MS 1192, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.
At first Hydaspes
is at a loss to recognize her or to treat seriously her claim to be his daughter because he is black and she is white.
And first thou young Hydaspes
What although Thy parents came not of a kingly line <And> For oh a long futurity shall show That natures <[sump(?
O'Brien does provide a fuller treatment of the Hydaspes
engagement, but omits entirely the names of Alexander's commanders and the deployment of their units.
The strength of this little feature, bearing a striking similarity to the unusual aspect of nearby Hydaspes
as drawn by Secchi in 1858 (50) (Figure 7), implies the aftermath of similar (but unrecorded) dust activity then.