Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions / Edition 1

Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions / Edition 1

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by Frank L. Holt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244834

ISBN-13: 9780520244832

Pub. Date: 01/25/2005

Publisher: University of California Press


To all those who witnessed his extraordinary conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the Great appeared invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance—how he abetted the belief that he enjoyed divine favor and commanded even the forces of nature against his enemies—is the subject of Frank L. Holt's absorbing book.

Solid evidence for the

Overview


To all those who witnessed his extraordinary conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the Great appeared invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance—how he abetted the belief that he enjoyed divine favor and commanded even the forces of nature against his enemies—is the subject of Frank L. Holt's absorbing book.

Solid evidence for the "supernaturalized" Alexander lies in a rare series of medallions that depict the triumphant young king at war against the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India at the Battle of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and sometimes perilous circumstances, these ancient artifacts have long animated the modern historical debate about Alexander. Holt's book, the first devoted to the mystery of these ancient medallions, takes us into the history of their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable facts of their manufacture and meaning, and, ultimately, into the king's own psyche and his frightening theology of war. The result is a valuable analysis of Alexander history and myth, a vivid account of numismatics, and a spellbinding look into the age-old mechanics of megalomania.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244832
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/25/2005
Series:
Hellenistic Culture and Society Series, #44
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
217
Sales rank:
808,555
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps and Illustrations
Prefaced

1. Man of Mystery
2. A Treasure
3. Picking a Fight
4. Whose Pachyderm, Whole or Halved?
5. Another Treasure
6. A Closer Look
7. A Dark and Stormy Night

Appendix A. The Published Elephant Medallions
Appendix B. Some Possible Forgeries of the Large Medallion
Appendix C. The 1973 Iraq Hoard
Select Bibliography
Index

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