Cities of Alexander the Great

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Alexandria in Egypt is just one of many "Alexandrias"—ancient cities traditionally thought of as having been founded by Alexander the Great. In this book, one of the world's leading experts on the period unravels this fascinating tradition, explaining how it originated in a tendentious political pamphlet of the third century BC, which in turn originated in Ptolemaic Alexandria in the context of the development of the earliest version of the Alexander Romance. His work will force historians to alter radically ...

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Overview

Alexandria in Egypt is just one of many "Alexandrias"—ancient cities traditionally thought of as having been founded by Alexander the Great. In this book, one of the world's leading experts on the period unravels this fascinating tradition, explaining how it originated in a tendentious political pamphlet of the third century BC, which in turn originated in Ptolemaic Alexandria in the context of the development of the earliest version of the Alexander Romance. His work will force historians to alter radically their overall assessment of Alexander's achievement, arguing that he founded far fewer cities than usually supposed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198150060
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
I The Alexandrian Lists 1
II The Iranian Tradition 47
III Summary of the Eastern Campaigns 65
IV The Geographers 75
V Identifications 102
VI Assessment of Alexander's Foundations 171
VII Epilogue 191
Appendices: 1 The Principal Texts 202
Appendices: 2 The Alexander-Romance 205
Appendices: 3 The Chinese Pilgrims 227
Maps 1 Iran and Central Asia 236
Maps 2 Afghanistan 238
Table of Alexander-foundations 239
Addenda 244
Index: I General Index 245
Index: IIa Index of Greek and Latin Authors 255
Index: IIb Index of Arabic and Pehlevi texts 260
Index: IIIa Index of Greek Inscriptions 261
Index: IIIb Index of Greek Papyri 262
Index: IV Index of Greek Words 263
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