Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction by A. B. Bosworth

Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

EditorA. B. Bosworth, E. J. Baynham

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This book collects together ten contributions by leading experts in the field of Alexander studies which represent the most advanced scholarship in this area. They span the gamut between historical reconstruction and historiographical research, and viewed as a whole represent a wide spectrumof methodology. This first English collection of essays on Alexander includes a comparison of the Spanish conquest of Mexico with the Macedonians in the east which examines the attitudes towards the subject peoples and the justification of conquest, an analysis of the attested conspiracies at theMacedonian and Persian courts, and studies of panhellenic ideology and the concept of kingship. There is a radical new interpretation of the hunting fresco from Tomb II at Vergina, a new date for the pamphlet on Alexander's last days which ends the Alexander romance, and a re-interpretation of thebizarre portents of his death. Three chapters on historiography address the problem of interpreting Alexander's attested behaviour, the indirect source tradition used by Polybius, and the resonances of contemporary politics in the extant histories.

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A.B. Bosworth is Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia E.J. Baynham is Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Title:Alexander the Great in Fact and FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.86 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Brian Bosworth: IntroductionBrian Bosworth: A Tale of Two Empires: Alexander the reat and Hernan CortesErnst Badian: ConspiraciesMichael Flower: Alexander the Great and PanhellenismErnst Fredricksmeyer: Alexander the Great and the Kingdom of AsiaOlga Palagia: Hephaestion's Pyre and Alexander's Royal HuntBrian Bosworth: Ptolemy and the Will of AlexanderElizabeth Baynham: A Baleful Birth in Babylon: The Significance of the Prodigy in the Liber de Morte. An Investigation of GenreElizabeth Carney: Artifice and Alexander HistoryRichard Billows: Polybius, Alexander the Great and Hieronymous of CardiaJohn Atkinson: Originality and its Limits in the Alexander Sources of the Early Empire

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`Review from previous edition For those whose interest in Alexander has been stirred, as well as for students of the period, this collection must become compulsory reading.'Contemporary Review