Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction / Edition 1

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Ten essays from a symposium held at Newcastle University in 1997, which examine the general themes of kingship and imperialism by focusing on the romances that surround Alexander. Political analyses compare Alexander's eastern campaign with the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century and study the darkside of Alexander's kingship as well as its ultimate expression in the absolute monarchy of Asia. Other papers search for the historic Alexander behind the iconography and literary propoganda, notably second-hand Greek and Roman histories, and examine the controversy surrounding the interpretation of the Vergina Tomb II.
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"Bosworth presents an excellent overview of the current state of Alexander scholarship, including the problems of the paucity of ancient source material and the bias found within what has survived...Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction is essential reading for all Alexander scholars and enthusiasts."—History: Reviews of New Books

"A necessary volume for anyone interested in the continuing and growing mountain of modern scholarship on Alexander, the Macedonians, and the Hellenistic period."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199252756
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/11/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Brian Bosworth
A Tale of Two Empires: Alexander the Great and Hernán Cortés, Brian Bosworth
Conspiracies, Ernst Badian
Alexander the Great and Panhellenism, Michael Flower
Alexander the Great and the Kingdom of Asia, Ernst Fredricksmeyer
Hephaestion's Pyre and Alexander's Royal Hunt, Olga Palagia
Ptolemy and the Will of Alexander, Brian Bosworth
A Baleful Birth in Babylon: The Significance of the Prodigy in the Libre de Morte. An Investigation of Genre, Elizabeth Baynham
Artifice and Alexander History, Elizabeth Carney
Polybius, Alexander the Great and Hieronymous of Cardia, Richard Billows
Originality and its Limits in the Alexander Sources of the Early Empire, John Atkinson

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