Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation / Edition 1

Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation / Edition 1

by Waldemar Heckel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631228209

ISBN-13: 9780631228202

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Wiley

This source book presents new translations of the most important ancient writings on the life and legacy of Alexander the Great.

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death and legacy.
  • Includes substantial extracts of texts written by historians, geographers,

Overview

This source book presents new translations of the most important ancient writings on the life and legacy of Alexander the Great.

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death and legacy.
  • Includes substantial extracts of texts written by historians, geographers, biographers and military writers.
  • A general introduction and introductions to each chapter set the sources in context.
  • Also includes a bibliography of modern works, visual sources and a map of Alexander's expedition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631228202
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Blackwell Sourcebooks in Ancient History Series, #5
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Platesviii
List of Abbreviationsix
Prefacexi
Map: Alexander's Campaigns, 334-323 BCxii
Stemma 1The Family of Philip II and Alexanderxiv
Stemma 2The Family of Olympiasxiv
Translator's Notexv
Introductionxvi
IMacedonian Background1
Early History of Macedonia1
Macedonians and Greeks: Language, Culture, Attitudes7
The King, Aristocracy, and Macedonian Institutions12
IIPhilip II, Father of Alexander the Great19
Philip's Marriages20
Philip's Death21
A Comparison of Philip and Alexander28
IIIAlexander's Family, Youth, Appearance, and Character30
Alexander's Parents and Mythical Ancestors30
Alexander's Siblings: A Warlike Half-Sister and a Mentally Defective Half-Brother31
Alexander's Education35
Alexander's Body36
Alexander's Attitude towards Sex39
Alexander's Drinking, Personal Habits, and Health42
Alexander's Character, Intellect, and Moderation45
Alexander and Bucephalas45
IVThe Persians and their Empire54
The Empire before Alexander's Accession54
Persian Wealth and Displays of Opulence56
Death of Darius III65
VAlexander and the Greeks72
The Panhellenic Crusade72
Alexander's Punishment of those Greeks who Opposed Him73
Greek Ambassadors to the Great King Captured by Alexander77
Resistance to Alexander in his Absence79
Alexander and the Greek Cities of Asia Minor87
VIThe Army and War90
Financial Resources and Military Strength90
Major Battles93
Sieges and Smaller Battles139
VIIAlexander and the Barbarians175
Alexander Adopts Persian Dress and Practices175
The Attempt to Introduce Proskynesis178
Mixed Marriages182
The Epigoni and the Appointment of Orientals in the Army185
The Persian Seal186
The Tomb of Cyrus the Great187
Macedonian Reaction to Alexander's Orientalism188
VIIIAlexander and Women189
Alexander and his "Mothers": Olympias, Ada, and Sisygambis189
The Captive Persian Queens192
The Amazon Queen196
Timocleia of Thebes199
The Wife of Spitamenes200
Alexander and Roxane202
Alexander and Cleophis205
IXGods and Heroes208
Imitation and Emulation of Achilles, Heracles, and Dionysus208
The Gordian Knot214
Amun (Ammon) and Alexander's "Divinity"217
XAlexander and the Macedonians: Disaffection, Conspiracy, and Mutiny223
General Account of Alexander's Savagery223
Alexander the Lyncestian224
The Elimination of Philotas and Parmenion227
Cleitus243
Callisthenes and the Hermolaus Conspiracy250
Coenus Opposes Alexander at the Hyphasis (Beas) River259
Rivalry between Craterus and Hephaestion262
Harpalus, Alexander's Imperial Treasurer263
The "Opis Mutiny"266
XIAlexander's Final Days, Final Plans, and the Division of Power after his Death272
Death of Alexander272
Rumors of Poisoning280
The Hypomnemata and the Final Plans of Alexander290
Alexander's Will and the Division of Power after his Death291
XIIAlexander and the Romans294
A Roman View of Alexander's Conquests294
Did the Romans Send an Embassy to Alexander?294
Could Alexander have Conquered the Romans?296
Roman Imitation and Emulation of Alexander299
XIIICities Founded by Alexander303
Alexandria in Egypt306
Alexandria in the Hindu Kush (Parapamisus)307
Alexandria-Eschate (Alexandria on the Iaxartes)308
Bucephala and Nicaea on the Hydaspes (Jhelum)309
Alexandria in Carmania309
Alexandria in Susiana309
Foundations Amongst the Cossaeans310
Glossary311
Bibliography315
Index327
Plates
1Bust of Alexander known as the Azara Herm50
2Alexander with lion headdress from the battlescene on the Alexander Sarcophagus50
3Hephaestion; from a hunting scene on the Alexander Sarcophagus51
4The Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii51
5Coin showing Alexander with lion headdress52
6Coin showing Alexander with elephant headdress52
7Coin showing Alexander with horns of Amun (Ammon)52
8The Marriage of Alexander and Roxane from fresco by "Il Sodoma"53

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