Curtius Rufus, Histories of Alexander the Great, Book 10

Paperback | December 3, 2009

Introduction byJ. E. AtkinsonTranslated byJ. C. Yardley

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This book presents a translation, with commentary, of a major Roman source on the end of the reign of Alexander the Great. Book 10 of Curtius' Histories covers the reign of terror and mutiny that followed upon Alexander's return from India; and offers the fullest account of the power strugglethat began in Babylon immediately after his death. The Introduction establishes a profile of Curtius Rufus (quite probably a Roman Senator of the first century AD), and his agenda as a historian. John Yardley's translation and the commentary are designed for the reader without Latin. The Commentaryprovides detailed analysis of the historical events of the crucial period 325-3 BC covered by Curtius, and also tries to get behind the surface level of meaning to show how Curtius intended his history to be a text for his time. Curtius' text is also examined as a literary achievement in its ownright.

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This book presents a translation, with commentary, of a major Roman source on the end of the reign of Alexander the Great. Book 10 of Curtius' Histories covers the reign of terror and mutiny that followed upon Alexander's return from India; and offers the fullest account of the power strugglethat began in Babylon immediately after his...

J. E. Atkinson is Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town. J. C. Yardley is Professor of Classics, University of Ottawa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199557632

ISBN - 13:9780199557639

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Levels of significance2. Curtius, the author and his dates3. Possible identification with other known Curtii4. Curtius' Histories of Alexander and its genre5. The structure of Book 106. Curtius' sources7. Curtius and other writers of the early Principate8. Truth and the historical value of Curtius' Histories9. Judging Alexander10. Curtius' language and literary valueTranslationCommentaryAdditional note on problems of chronology