Many were slain in their flight, but then Alexander, satisfied with his
brilliant victory, ordered the trumpets to sound the recall. Of the Indians, there fell in the
battle more than twelve thousand, among whom were the two sons of Porus and his best generals
Above nine thousand men were taken alive, together with eighty
elephants. Porus himself was still breathing, and was turned over to the Indians for medical
On the Macedonian side, the losses were two hundred
and eighty cavalry and more than seven hundred infantry.2
The king buried the dead, rewarded those who had distinguished
themselves in accordance with their deserts, and sacrificed to Helius who had given him the
eastern regions to conquer.
There were mountains not far away where grew thriving firs in quantity, together with no
little cedar and pine and an ample supply of other woods suitable for shipbuilding, and
Alexander constructed a large number of ships.
He intended to
reach the borders of India and to subdue all of its inhabitants, and then to sail downstream to
He founded two cities, one beyond the river where
he had crossed and the other on the spot where he had defeated Porus. These were built quickly
because there was a plentiful supply of labour.3
had recovered, Alexander appointed him, in recognition of his valour, king over the country
where he formerly ruled. The Macedonian army rested for thirty days in the midst of a vast
plenty of provisions.