Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume provides an excellent selection of source materials with judicious commentary and up-to-date references. The elusive Alexander has never been so accessible to undergraduates. This volume seems destined to become a standard in our classrooms." Professor Frank Holt, University of Houston

"This well-conceived and brilliantly executed book will be a boon 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 to buy this book? This time, the answer is an unqualified yes. Heckel and Yardley have collected many sources on the reign of Alexander and offer admirable translations and fine explanations...their book is 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 the University of Calgary. He was a founding editor of the Ancient History 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), and The Wars of Alexander the Great (2002).

J. C. Yardley is Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa and a past President of the Classical Association of Canada. His publications include translations of Quintus Curtius’ History of Alexander, Livy 31–40, and Justin’s Epitome of Trogus. His latest work is Justin 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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