The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander

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The Landmark Arrian is an important new edition of The Campaigns of Alexander, the most authoritative ancient account of one of the world’s most brilliant military leaders.
 
During twelve years of continuous campaigns, Alexander conquered an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the edge of modern India. Arrian’s history of those conquests, the most reliable and detailed account to emerge from the ancient world, is a work that will fascinate readers interested in classical studies, the history of warfare, and the origins of East-West tensions that still simmer today in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Drawing on Ptolemy’s memoirs and other sources that have not survived antiquity, Arrian’s portrait of Alexander is unmatched for its accuracy and immediacy. Having served as a high Roman official with command of an army, Arrian had a unique perspective on Alexander, imbued with a level of understanding that only firsthand military experience can provide.
 
In the richly illustrated and annotated style of the Landmark series, The Campaigns of Alexander, which features an engaging and eloquent new translation by Pamela Mensch, brings together some of the preeminent classics scholars at work today to create what is certain to be the definitive edition of this essential work of history.

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“The editor and his contributors have asked themselves the fundamental question: how can one best present and interpret the work of one of the most fascinating but difficult of ancient authors to a modern audience? They have answered this question brilliantly.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375423468
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Romm is James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought and the forthcoming Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire.
 
Robert B. Strassler is an unaffiliated scholar who holds an honorary Doctorate of Humanities and Letters from Bard College and is chairman of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Paul Cartledge
Editor’s Preface by James Romm
Series Editor’s Preface by Robert B. Strassler
Acknowledgments
Chronological Outline of Events in the Anabasis Alexandrou
Key to Maps
 
BOOK ONE: The Campaigns in Europe and Western Asia (I)
BOOK TWO: The Campaigns in Western Asia (II) and Phoenicia
BOOK THREE: The Egyptian Sojourn and the Campaign Against Darius
BOOK FOUR: The Campaign in Bactria and Sogdiana
BOOK FIVE: The Indian Campaign (I)
BOOK SIX: The Indian Campaign (II) and the Return from the East
BOOK SEVEN: The Return to Babylon
 
Epilogue The Breakup and Decline of Alexander’s Empire, James Romm, Bard College
 
Appendix A Arrian’s Sources and Reliability, Elizabeth Baynham, University of Newcastle
 
Appendix B Greek and Macedonian Ethnicity, Eugene N. Borza, The Pennsylvania State University
 
Appendix C Alexander the Man (and God?), Richard Stoneman, University of Exeter
 
Appendix D Alexander’s Army and Military Leadership, James Romm, Bard College
 
Appendix E Alexander’s Inner Circle, Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary, James Romm, Bard College
 
Appendix F Money and Finance in the Campaigns of Alexander, Frank L. Holt, University of Houston
 
Appendix G The Persian Empire and Alexander, Richard Stoneman, University of Exeter
 
Appendix H Alexander at Persepolis, Eugene N. Borza, The Pennsylvania State University
 
Appendix I Alexander in Central Asia, Frank L. Holt, University of Houston
 
Appendix J The Indian Campaign, Richard Stoneman, University of Exeter
 
Appendix K Alexander’s Policy of Perso-Macedonian Fusion, James Romm, Bard College
 
Appendix L The Alexander Romance, Richard Stoneman, University of Exeter
 
Appendix M Alexander and the Greeks, James Romm, Bard College
 
Appendix N Alexander’s Geographic Notions, James Romm, Bard College
 
Appendix O Alexander’s Death: A Medical Analysis, Eugene N. Borza, The Pennsylvania State University
 
Appendix P Alexander’s Death: The Poisoning Rumors, A. B. Bosworth, Macquarie University
 
Appendix Q The Royal Macedonian Tombs at Aigeai, Eugene N. Borza, The Pennsylvania State University
 
Appendix R Arrian’s Life and Works, James Romm, Bard College
 
Ancient Sources
Bibliography for the General Reader
Figure Credits
Index
Reference Maps and Directory, including the Route of Alexander’s Campaigns
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