East of Hydaspes
Alexander the Great died in 323BC. There is some debate as to the lifetime of Sun Tzu. Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Records of the Historian, completed sometime after 100BC, records that Sun Wu from the state of Chi completed his Art Of War at the end of the 6th Century BC. Chinese scholars have questioned this, and most agree it could not have been written this early. Samuel B Griffith's studies suggest the 4th Century BC. Maspero believes it was written in the 3rd Century BC. I have used a later date to make this fictional work a clash between history's greatest tactical genius and the supreme master of strategies. The use of 10,000 crossbowmen has been recorded by Chinese historians in the Battle of Ma iong in 341BC. King Wu ling made cavalry (along with trousers) part of his army in 320BC the warning states period in China dates from c543 to c221 BC.
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