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(ancient Iranian, Harahvati), an ancient region in the basin of the Arghandab, Arghastan, and Ghazni rivers, with its center in the area of present-day Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was first mentioned in the Behistun inscriptions. It was known in the Younger Avesta.

According to data of several ancient authors, Arachosia extended as far as the Indus. It was part of the kingdoms of the Achaemenids, Alexander of Macedonia, the Maurya dynasty, the Kushans, and others. Some Greek, Saka, and Parthian dynasties founded independent possessions in Arachosia and minted their own money, which was released in the major cities of Arachosia—Alexandria-Arachosia and Alexandropolis. Arachosia is mentioned as “Arohajj” by some early Arabic authors. Arachosia, or its parts, corresponds to the country of Camboge, which is known from ancient Indian sources (in southeastern Afghanistan).


Grantovskii, E. A. “Iz istorii vostochnoiranskikh piemen na grani-tsakh Indii.” In the collection Kratkie soobshcheniia in-ta naro-dov Azii, no. 61. Moscow, 1963. (Bibliography.)


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They were Alexandria Arachosia (Kandahar), Alexandria Ariana (Heart), Alexandria in the Caucasus (Bagram), Alexandria on the Oxus (Ai-Khanoum), and Alexandria Prophthasia (Farah).
The effects were somewhat mitigated by the fact that Craterus and a substantial section of the Macedonian forces had been sent to Carmania by a less risky route via Arachosia and Drangiana.
Now our dominions stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf but lay open to the east; I advanced with my Macedonians to the borders of Area and Drangiana, I laid waste Gedrosia, and gave Arachosia a thrashing, after which I occupied Bactria as a conqueror; and to safeguard these military victories by a lasting union, I took the Bactrian Princess Roxana to wife.
Six, at any rate, is the number of cities listed as genuine foundations of Alexander's in the last sentence of the epilogue (201), though mysteriously excluded from that list is Alexandria in Arachosia, which, it had been said only two pages earlier, `Alexander undoubtedly founded' (199).
Preceded by mana, the genitive of the first personal pronoun, the Old Persian term ba[n]daka occurs nine times in the inscription,(25) as part of the formula by which Darius introduces, in his narrative, the nine men under whose leadership armies defeated some of his rebellious opponents in different parts of the empire: the Persian Hydarnes (Vidarna) in Media (DB 25); the Armenian Dadarshi in Armenia (DB 26-8); the Persian Omises (Vaumisa) in Armenia (DB 29-30); the Mede Takhmaspada in Sagartia (DB 33); the Persian Dadarshi in Margiana (DB 38), satrap in Baktria; the Persian Artavardiya in Persia (DB 41-2); the Persian Vivana in Arachosia (DB 45-7), satrap of the region; the Persian Intaphernes (Vi[n]dafarna) in Babylon (DB 50) and finally the Persian Gobryas (Gaubaruva) in Elam (DB 71).
Instead he was comprehensively beaten, and had to surrender a string of provinces -- Arachosia and the Paropamisadai in particular -- which provided Chandragupta with a defensive bastion against any other incursion from the west.