- Heliodorus (votive erector)
Heliodorus a Greek ambassador of the
Indo-Greekking Antialcidasto the court of the Sungaking Bhagabhadraerected the famous votive Heliodorus pillararound 110 BCEin central Indiain Vidishanear modern Besnagar.
The pillar was surmounted by a sculpture of
Garudaand was apparently dedicated by Heliodorus to the god Vasudevain front of the temple of Vasudeva.
Possibly he is the same Heliodorus as Heliodorus minister of
Seleucus IV Philopatorca. 175 BC(living in the same time period and having the same rank).
There is an inscription on the pilar:
Garuda-column of Vasudeva( Visnu), the god of gods, was erected here by Heliodorus, a worshiper of Visnu, the son of Dion, and an inhabitant of Taxila, who came as Greek ambassador from the Great King Antialkidas ( Antialcidas) to King Kasiputra Bhagabhadra, the savior, then reigning prosperously in the fourteenth year of his kingship."
(Transliteration and translation of this ancient
Brahmiinscription was published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London: JRAS, Pub., 1909, pp. 1053-54.)
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