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Πῶρος). A king of the part of India lying east of the Hydaspes River. He was conquered by Alexander the Great in B.C. 327 in a very fiercely waged battle. Porus displayed great courage in the contest, and his reply to Alexander is justly celebrated. When Alexander asked him how, as a prisoner, he desired to be treated, he answered proudly, “Like a king.” On this, his conqueror restored his dominions and gave him additional territory. In 321 he was put to death by the Greek general Eudemus (Curt. viii. 14; Arrian, Anab. v. 18; Plut. Alex. 60).

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