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Siege of Aornos

Alexander the Great - Dove Decoration


Siege of Aornos was a conflict in 327 BCE during the Indian Campaign of Alexander III the Great in which he captured a great natural stronghold that impeded his path into India. The stronghold corresponds with the modern day Pīr Sarāi ridge that lies a few miles west of the Indus River and north of the Buner Rivers. As he was unable to capture the fortress outright he captured the hill opposite of Aornos and deployed his catapults to bombard the Indians.

The Indians attempted to retreat from their stronghold but were caught by Alexander's forces and slaughtered. From here the Macedonians would move onto the Battle of the Hydaspes.

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Secondary Sources

Abbott, J. (1848). Alexander the Great. New York & London: Harper & Brothers