Alexandria on the Indus

Alexandria on the Indus (Greek: Ἀλεξάνδρεια ἐπὶ Ἰνδῷ, likely modern Uch, Pakistan) was a city founded by Alexander the Great at the junction of the Indus and the Acesines river.[1][2] Arrian tells that colonists, mainly Thracian veterans and natives, were settled there.[3][4]

Alexander on the Indus is located at the junction of the Indus and the Acesines.

The satrap of the west bank of the Indus, Philip, son of Machatas, was put in charge of building the city:

He (Alexander) ordered him (Philip) to found a city there, just at the meeting of the two rivers, as he expected it would be great and famous in the world, and dockyards to be built. [5]

Today, the remains of the Greek town are thought to be inside the citadel mound, although a shift in the river has caused significant damage to the mound. A UNESCO listing applies to the site.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Arrian, Anabsis of Alexander, VI 15 2
  2. ^ Marcus Junianus Justinus, Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus Book XII:10
  3. ^ Ashley, James R. The Macedonian Empire. p. 54.
  4. ^ Alexander the Great: the towns
  5. ^ Arrian, Anabasis, VI.15.3

Coordinates: 29°14′27″N 71°03′08″E / 29.2408°N 71.0523°E / 29.2408; 71.0523