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Is there any evidence that Cleopatra and Caesarion considered fleeing to India to escape the Romans?

The source for Sanjeev Sanyal's account is most likely Plutarch. In his Life of Anthony, Plutarch wrote: Caesarion, who was said to be Cleopatra's son by Julius Caesar, was sent by his mother, ...
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Why didn't invaders of India ever cross into Myanmar and beyond (east)?

The region to east of Bengal is Myanmar. In between them, the Himalayan foothills taper off rather abruptly into the Bay of Bengal. They still form quite a formidable obstacle. Southeast Asia itself ...
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Where did the Roman money involved in the spice and luxury trade end up?

The evidence available suggests that much of the gold and silver coinage which came to India from Rome was (1) melted down to produce local coins and jewelry, (2) defaced by local rulers and used ...
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Did the emperor Ashoka really build hospitals or is that a myth?

Short Answer The available evidence for hospitals set up on the orders of Ashoka is inconclusive, but several scholars have suggested that it is at least likely that there was some type of hospital, ...
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Who introduced coins in India?

"The first coins in India were minted around the 6th century BC by the Mahajanapadas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, and certainly before the invasion of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. " ...
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History of Moti Masjid

It appears that both are correct. It's just that they are referring to different buildings. The term Moti Masjid simply means "Pearl Mosque". The Moti Masjid (Agra Fort) "Pearl Mosque" in Agra was ...
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Why did emperors of India and China have so many mistresses?

I think you're finding this odd because you are looking at it from the point of view of your own culture, and assuming that is "normal". In fact, different cultures evolved with different standards ...
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What is the historical accuracy of birth of lord Sri Krishna

Krishna's historical situation appears to be similar to that of Jesus: there's probably enough consistent historical evidence to say that he existed at one time as a human being, and a few other ...
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Why didn't invaders of India ever cross into Myanmar and beyond (east)?

It's mainly because of terrain. Between Bengal and Burma there are Himalayan foothills. Hundred of Kilometer long dense forest and high hills made it virtually impossible to mobilize troops in large ...
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Why is a temple to Hathor in India?

Pulling together what's been said in the comments, the answer to the headline question is that there is no such temple. The "reliable article" linked in the question is a Facebook post where ...
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Does the appearance of cremation support the Aryan Migration theory?

I just want to know is there any evidence of the practice of burning dead bodies existed in India before 1900 BC It matters very little if there was anecdotal evidence prior to 1900BC. What matters ...
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Oldest manuscript of Arthashastra

Like you, I wasn't able to find that exact information. However, it appears that the recording method used in India at the time was palm-leaf manuscripts, and the oldest of those known to exist are ...
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Why was Madagascar settled by far-flung Austronesian seafarers?

Polynesian navigators made good use of ocean winds and currents. When following the Indian Ocean Gyre, the most logical way to arrive to Madagascar is from the East: If you look up the South Pacific ...
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Was there any urbanisation in ancient South India?

Note: although the question title states 'ancient India', the examples which the OP specifically mentioned ("Pallava period or during Vijayanagar period") fall within the Indian classical (Pallava) ...
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What did ancient countries call themselves?

For many of the civilisations that had systems of writing the name that they used for their own country is preserved in the ancient texts themselves. For example, the ancient Egyptians thought of ...
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Who introduced coins in India?

Copper coins have been found in the submerged city of Dwarka which has been dated to be at least 3000 to 10,000 years old. Quoting from source one (the Hindu): Thirty copper coins were also found ...
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How were ancient Indian mathematical texts found to modern scholarship?

C.M. Whish The first proven European scholar who had the idea that Indian mathematics might have anything of note for the Western scientific tradition was Charles Matthew Whish. The first person in ...
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How was early Indian history re-constructed?

We don't have any decipherable native writing from the subcontinent until the 3rd Century BC. This means anything we know about what was going on in the area prior to the Maurya Empire has to be ...
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Why do many Indian Languages have different alphabets?

This is basically a legacy of the Roman Empire, which conquered most of Western Europe and ruled it for centuries, and then of the Christian Church, which established Latin as a lingua franca where it ...
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Does anyone have an example of the Tamil elephant symbol?

Apparently there is some surviving Chera coinage that features an elephant: Details from The Hindu on what is probably the same coin: The coin, which is almost a square in shape, has an elephant ...
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Who has dated Mahabharata around 1800BC?

I take it this question is derived from its current Wikipedia entry on the subject, which contains the following line: Attempts to date the events using methods of archaeoastronomy have produced, ...
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From where did Aryans originate?

According to the Britannica, Aryans were thought to be a people that in ancient times settled in Iran and northern India. Aryan, Britannica Aryan, name originally given to a people who were said to ...
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What is the current state of historical thought on the Aryan invasion/migration theory?

A recent paper from Archaeogenetics might be of interest in this regard. I do not know enough about genetics and its methods, to comment on the validity of the results. But for those who do, this ...
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Before the discovery of India, was it self sufficient in all areas?

Classical to early medieval periods (c. 200 BCE–1200 CE) During this period, India's economy is estimated to have been the largest in the world, having between one-third and one-quarter of the ...
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Before the discovery of India, was it self sufficient in all areas?

Vasco da Gama did not discover India. He merely was the first European to sail there without going through the Ottoman Empire. India was on the Silk Road. I've no idea if it was self-sufficient, but ...
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Does the appearance of cremation support the Aryan Migration theory?

As you say, cremation in India is first attested in the archaeological evidence with the Bronze Age Cemetery H culture dating from about 1900 BC. This is considered to be the formative stage of Vedic ...
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Did the queen have any say in the king's council of Mauryan empire?

The Mauryans were the first native Indian society to develop their own writing system that we can decipher. Being first, they can perhaps be forgiven for being a bit slow out of the blocks in ...
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What is the genetic composition of "Cemetery H" culture?

The question is simply unanswerable at this time. A 2015 article surveyed what was then known about the skeletal remains at Harrapan burial sites, including Cemetery H. It concludes that "the ...
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What was the reason behind the death of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj?

According to Shivaji and his times, by the historian Jadunath Sarkar, On 24th March, 1680, the Rajah was seized with fever and dysentery. The illness continued for twelve days. Gradually all ...
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