«The fiercely fighting Greeks will not stay in Madhyadega; there will be a cruel, dreadful war in their own kingdom, caused(?) between themselves. Then, in the course of the Yuga, at the end of the Greek reign, seven mighty kings will be in alliance» (? or have we to read Sakete, in Saketa?).
After some wars, it is said that the Agnivaigya-kings will fall in battle.
Qakanam ca tato raja hy arthalubdho mahabalah |
dustabhavag ca papag ca vinage samupasthite |
Kal in ga gatarajartha(P) vinagam vai gamisyati |
Kecadrakandaih (?) £abalair vilupanto gamisyati |
Kanisthas tu hatah sarve bhavisyanti na samgayah |
vinaste £akaraje ca günya prthvi bhavisyati |
I shall not attempt to translate these verses, from which it appears that for a time after the Greeks, a rapacious (^aka or Scythian king was most powerful. In the sequel, the only facts distinguishable in the hopelessly corrupt MS. are the reigns of a king Abhrata or Amrata Lohitaksa, of Gopala, of Pusyaka, of Savila(?), all extending only over a few years. Agnimitra is mentioned as the king of a country Bhadrapaka, he will have a beautiful daughter, who will be the cause of a quarrel between him and the Brahmans. Then farther, an Agnivegya will be king and reign for 20 years over a prosperous country. After him bad times return, and the Qakas repeat their depredations. At last the Yugapuranam winds up with a description of the end of the world, much in the fashion of the Visnupurana, Ch. XXIV.
The information we get from the Gargï-Samhita about the Greeks is summarily, that a short time, perhaps immediately, after (Jaligüka, the Greeks made themselves master of a part of Madh\ adega. As the Greek historians ascribe the greatest conquests to Demetrius and Menander, Demetrius reigning according to Lassen 20o—16o B. C. or thereabout, and as (Jaligüka is in the middle between Agoka s death, 226 B. C., and Brhadratha's death 178 B. C., it would not appear far from the truth to place the conquest of the Greeks about 195 B. C. The Gargï-Samhita however goes farther; the Scythian king, who comes after, but not immediately after, the withdrawal of the Greeks, may be placed approximately 130 B. C., the aggregate of the reigns of the kings mentioned subsequently brings us down to the lst century before our era. The only Greek word in the Samhita before me is Hora; the development of astrology among the Greeks falling between 300 and 200 B. C., this gives no additional datum for the age of the Samhita. Not having found any allusion in it to the signs of the Zodiac, I should be inclined to place the work before the Rama-