12.6) between the Indus and the Hydaspes (Jhelum, I The best opinion now confirms Abbott's identification of Aornus with Mahaban - Deane, Journ.
Porus) between the Hydaspes and Acesines (Chenab), and that of Abhisara (Gr.
Porus was prepared to contest the passage of the Hydaspes with all his strength.
Alexander reached the Hydaspes just as the rains broke, when the river was already swollen.
The fleet prepared on the Hydaspes sailed in October, while a land army moved along the bank.
The confluence of the Hydaspes and Acesines passed, the Macedonians were once more in a region of hostile tribes with towns to be stormed.
When the fleet was constructed on the Hydaspes, Onesicritus was appointed chief pilot (in his vanity he calls himself commander), and in this capacity accompanied Nearchus on the voyage from the mouth of the Indus to the Persian gulf.
We hear of a Nicaea in the Kabul valley itself (near Jalalabad ?), another Nicaea on the Hydaspes (Jhelum) where Alexander crossed it, with Bucephala (see Bucephalus) opposite, a city (unnamed) on the Acesines (Chenab) (Arr.
Crossing the Hydaspes (Jhelum) he defeated Porus in a great battle, and crossing the Acesines (Chenab) near the foot of the hills and the Hydraotes (Ravi), reached the Hyphasis (Beas).
(ovrce4aXos), the favourite Thracian horse of Alexander the Great, which died in 326 B.e., either of wounds received in the battle on the Hydaspes, or of old age.