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Menander I

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Graphics Modpacks' started by civ-addicted, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. civ-addicted

    civ-addicted King

    Aug 8, 2009
    The City of the Lion
    My second LH :D

    This one was sleeping forever in my mod because i didn't thought he was good enough for himself. So i gave him the skin of Augustus to make him look a bit more unique.
    Spoiler :
    The only pictures you could use as a reference are a set of coins, which means artistic license in the end. I think his biography is pretty epic; conquering India only to stop before Patna, being a patron of Buddhism and propably even converting made him adored by buddhist writers. The whole Graeco-Buddhist synthesis is a whole story for it self and feels like an alt-history scenario that actually happenend.
    What might look like a hairband is a diadem, a band worn as a crown by hellenistic kings. So don't get distracted :p

    Some Infos about Menander:
    Spoiler :
    Menander was born in the Caucasus; but the Greek biographer Plutarch calls him a king of Bactria, and Strabo, the Greek geographer and historian, includes him among the Bactrian Greeks "who conquered more tribes than Alexander (the Great)." It is possible that he ruled over Bactria, and it has been suggested that he aided the Seleucid ruler Demetrius II Nicator against the Parthians. His kingdom in the Indian subcontinent consisted of an area extending from the Kabul River valley in the west to the Ravi River in the east, and from the Swat River valley (in modern Pakistan) in the north to Arachosia (the Kandahar region) in Afghanistan in the south. Ancient Indian writers indicate that he probably led expeditions into Rajputana and as far east along the Ganges (Ganga) River valley as Pataliputra (now Patna), in the present-day Indian state of Bihar.
    Menander was probably the Indo-Greek king who was converted to Buddhism by the holy man Nagasena after a prolonged and intelligent discussion, which has been recorded in the Milinda-panha. The style may have been influenced by Plato's dialogues. The wheel engraved on some of Menander's coins is probably connected with Buddhism, and Plutarch's statement that when Menander died his earthly remains were divided equally between the cities of his kingdom and that monuments, possibly stupas (Buddhist commemorative monuments), were to be erected to enshrine them indicates that he had probably become a Buddhist.
    The only inscription referring to Menander has been found in Bajaur, the tribal territory between the Swat and Kunar rivers; but large numbers of Menander's coins have been unearthed, mostly of silver and copper, attesting to both the duration of his reign and the flourishing commerce of his realm. According to Buddhist tradition he handed over his kingdom to his son and retired from the world, but Plutarch relates that he died in camp while on a military campaign.

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  2. Sword_Of_Geddon

    Sword_Of_Geddon Mysterious Jungle Warrior

    Dec 21, 2003
    New England, USA
    This is really good thankyou for making it Mr.Addicted. ;)

    Not bad for only having ancient coins to work with eh?
  3. The Capo

    The Capo godless Heathen

    Jan 29, 2001
    Washington, DC
    Very cool, would make a great leader for an Indo-Greek civ and along with Bakuel's great units would be quite nice looking all-around.
  4. Dumanios

    Dumanios MLG

    Oct 24, 2008
    Great leaderhead in RFCA!

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