Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation / Edition 1

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At his death in 323 BC, Alexander the Great ruled an empire stretching from the Balkans to India, yet the best accounts we have of his life were written hundreds of years after his death. This book presents new translations of the most important ancient writings on Alexander's life and legacy. Substantial extracts from Greek and Latin authors are arranged thematically and presented in such a way that the reader can compare different reports of the same events. They provide comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death, and legacy. Accounts by historians are complemented by passages from geographers, biographers, and military writers. Waldemar Heckel, one of the foremost Alexander scholars in the world, provides an introduction and commentary outlining Alexander's career, and discussing the sources, both extant and lost. He also supplies a bibliography of the most significant modern works on Alexander. Visual evidence is included, and a map of Alexander's expedition guides readers through the military campaigns.
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"This volume provides an excellent selection of source materialswith judicious commentary and up-to-date references. The elusiveAlexander has never been so accessible to undergraduates. Thisvolume seems destined to become a standard in our classrooms."Professor Frank Holt, University of Houston

"This well-conceived and brilliantly executed book will be aboon to lecturers, teachers, and students of Alexander alike."Dr Pat Wheatley, University of Queensland

"A review has to answer one simple question: is it advisable tobuy this book? This time, the answer is an unqualified yes. Heckeland Yardley have collected many sources on the reign of Alexanderand offer admirable translations and fine explanations...their bookis to be recommended to anyone studying the reign of Alexander."Jona Lendering, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Meet the Author

Waldemar Heckel is Professor of Ancient History at theUniversity of Calgary. He was a founding editor of the AncientHistory Bulletin and is the author of numerous books and articles,including The Last Days and Testament of Alexander the Great(1988), The Marshals of Alexander’s Empire (1992), andThe Wars of Alexander the Great (2002).

J. C. Yardley is Professor of Classics at the Universityof Ottawa and a past President of the Classical Association ofCanada. His publications include translations of QuintusCurtius’ History of Alexander, Livy 31–40, andJustin’s Epitome of Trogus. His latest work isJustin and Pompeius Trogus (2003).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Abbreviations
Map: Alexander's Campaigns, 334-323 BC
Stemma 1: The Family of Philip II and Alexander
Stemma 2: The Family of Olympias
Translator's Note
I Macedonian Background 1
II Philip II, Father of Alexander the Great 19
III Alexander's Family, Youth, Appearance, and Character 30
IV The Persians and their Empire 54
V Alexander and the Greeks 72
VI The Army and War 90
VII Alexander and the Barbarians 175
VIII Alexander and Women 189
IX Gods and Heroes 208
X Alexander and the Macedonians: Disaffection, Conspiracy, and Mutiny 223
XI Alexander's Final Days, Final Plans, and the Division of Power after his Death 272
XII Alexander and the Romans 294
XIII Cities Founded by Alexander 303
Glossary 311
Bibliography 315
Index 327
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