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A people celebrated as fierce warriors (cf. Curt. 9,8,4; Diod. Sic. 17,102,2: Σαμβασταί/Sambastaí) with a democratic government [2. 110; 3. 158; 4. 103, 176 ff.] and praised in Sanskrit and Pāli literature (Sanskrit Ambaṣṣa). They were settled south of the Malli at the confluence of the Acesines [2] and the Indus and were subjugated by Perdiccas [4] (Arr. Anab. 6,15,1: Ἀβαστανοί/Abastanoí) in 325 BC.


1 Berve, vol. 1, 271

2 A. S. Altekar, State and Government in Ancient India, 1958

3 R. C. Majumdar, Ancient India, 1…

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Schwarz, Franz Ferdinand (Graz), “Sabarcae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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