2-Arrian, Anabsis 5.10.1

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Alexander then announced in public that he would wait in this summer season, if he were prevented from crossing for the time; but none the less he stayed there watching, if by any chance he might quickly streak across without being seen. He recognized that it was impossible to cross in the place where Porus himself had encamped on the bank of the Hydaspes, owing to the number of the elephants, and because there was a great army, well ordered and carefully armed, ready to assail his troops as they landed.

He thought that the horses would not be willing even to set foot on the other bank, as the elephants would immediately advance to attack them and scare them, both by their appearance and their trumpeting, and that even before this they would not stay during the crossing on the rafts made of skins, but would jump off into the water, once frenzied by sight of the elephants on the other side.


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