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EMBO´LIMA

EMBO´LIMA (Ἐμβόλιμα, Arrian, 4.28; Ptol. 7.1.57; Ecbolima, Curt. 8.12.1), a town apparently in Bactriana, though considered by Ptolemy to be within the arbitrary division of ancient India which he calls “India intra Gangem.” It was, according to him, near the river Indus. It was visited by Alexander the Great after the rock Aornus, near which it stood. It must therefore have been on the west bank of the Indus, perhaps at the modern Ambar, or Amb. The narrative of Curtius cannot be reconciled with its position, nor indeed with any other place in this part of the country, as he places Embolima at sixteen marches from the Indus. It was made by Alexander a magazine for the troops of which Craterus was left in charge. (Wilson, Ariana, p. 191.)

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    • Curtius, Historiarum Alexandri Magni, 8.12.1
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