Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation / Edition 1by Waldemar Heckel
Pub. Date: 12/28/2003
No contemporary accounts of Alexander the Great survive yet the great quantity of Hellenistic and Roman writings that do survive enable us to reconstruct much that has been lost. This accessible anthology of translated sources presents the most important texts, written by biographers, historians and generals, which cover all aspects of Alexander's life, conquests and… See more details below
No contemporary accounts of Alexander the Great survive yet the great quantity of Hellenistic and Roman writings that do survive enable us to reconstruct much that has been lost. This accessible anthology of translated sources presents the most important texts, written by biographers, historians and generals, which cover all aspects of Alexander's life, conquests and legacy. The extracts are presented thematically, covering such subjects as: Macedonia, family and youth, personality, the Persians, the Greeks, warfare and the army, Alexander's relations with barbarians and with women, gods and heroes, conspiracies, Alexander's death and his cities. Scattered throughout are short panels of historical background information while notes pinpoint important dates and people. This useful book concludes with a glossary and a full bibliography.
Table of Contents
List Of Plates.
List of Abbreviations.
Map: Alexander's Campaignes, 334-323 BC.
Stemma 1: The Family of Philip II and Alexander.
Stermma2: The Family of Olympias.
Part I: Macedonian Background.
1. Early History Of Macedonia.
2. Macedonians And Greeks: Language, Culture, Attitudes.
3. The King, Aristocracy And Macedonian Institutions.
Part II: Philip II, Father Of Alexander The Great:.
4. Philip’s Marriages.
5. Philip's Death.
6. A Comparison Of Philip And Alexander.
Part III: Alexander’s Family, Youth, Appearance And Character.
7. Alexander’s Parents And Mythical Ancestors.
8. Alexander’s Siblings: A Warlike Half-Sister and a Mentally Defective Half-Brother.
9. Alexander’s Education.
10. Alexander’s Body.
11. Alexander’s Attitude towards Sex.
12. Alexander’s Drinking, Personal Habits, And Health.
13. Alexander’s Character, Intellect, And Moderation.
14. Alexander And Bucephalas.
Part IV: The Persians And their Empire:.
15. The Empire before Alexander’s Accession.
16. Persian Wealth And Displays Of Opulence.
17. Death Of Darius III.
Part V: Alexander And the Greeks.
18. The Panhellenic Crusade.
19. Alexander's Punishment of those Greeks who Opposed Him.
20. Greek Ambassadors To The Great King Captured By Alexander.
21. Resistance To Alexander In His Absence.
22. Alexander and the Greek Cities of Asia Minor.
Part VI: The Army And War:.
23. Financial Resources and Military Strength.
24. Major Battles.
25. Sieges And Smaller Battles.
Part VII: Alexander And The Barbarians.
26. Alexander Adopts Persian Dress And Practices.
27. The Attempt To Introduce Proskynesis.
28. Mixed Marriages.
29. The Epigoni And The Appointment Of Orientals In The Army.
30. The Persian Seal.
31. The Tomb Of Cyrus The Great.
32. Macedonian Reaction To Alexander’s Orientalism.
Part VIII: Alexander And Women.
33. Alexander and his "Mothers": Olympias, Ada, and Sisygambis.
34. The Captive Persian Queens.
35. The Amazon Queen.
36. Timocleia Of Thebes.
37. The Wife Of Spitamenes.
38. Alexander And Roxane.
39. Alexander And Cleophis.
Part IX: Gods And Heroes.
40. Imitation And Emulation Of Achilles, Heracles, and Dionysus.
40. The Gordian Knot.
41. Amun (Ammon) And Alexander’s “Divinity”.
Part X: Alexander and the Macedonians: Disaffection, Conspiracy And Mutiny.
42. General Account Of Alexander Savagery.
43. Alexander The Lyncestian.
44. The Elimination Of Philotas And Parmenion.
46. Callisthenes And The Hermolaus Conspiracy.
47. Coenus Opposes Alexander At The Hyphasis (Beas) River.
48. Rivalry Between Craterus And Hephaestion.
49. Harpalus, Alexander's Imperial Treasurer.
49. The ‘Opis Mutiny’.
Part XI: Alexander’s Final Days, Final Plans And The Division Of Power After His Death.
50. Death Of Alexander.
51. Rumours Of Poisoning.
52. The Hypomnemata And The Final Plans Of Alexander.
53. Alexander’s Will And The Division Of Power After His Death.
Part XII: Alexander And The Romans:.
54. A Roman View Of Alexander’s Conquests.
55. Did the Romans Send an Embassy to Alexander?.
56. Could Alexander have Conquered the Romans?.
57. Roman Imitation and Emulation of Alexander.
Part XIII: Cities Founded by Alexander.
58. Alexandria In Egypt.
59. Alexandria in the Hindu Kush (Parapamisus).
60. Alexandria-Eschate (Alexandria on the Iaxartes).
61. Bucephala and Nicaea on the Hydaspes (Jhelum).
62. Alexandria in Carmania.
63. Alexandria in Susiana.
64. Foundations Amongst the Cossaeans.
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