Three Historians of Alexander the Great

Three Historians of Alexander the Great

by N. G. L. Hammond
     
 

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Our knowledge of Alexander the Great is derived from the widely varying accounts of five authors who wrote three and more centuries after his death. The value of each account can be determined in detail only by discovering the source from which it drew, section by section, whether from a contemporary document, a memoir by a companion of Alexander, a hostile

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Our knowledge of Alexander the Great is derived from the widely varying accounts of five authors who wrote three and more centuries after his death. The value of each account can be determined in detail only by discovering the source from which it drew, section by section, whether from a contemporary document, a memoir by a companion of Alexander, a hostile critique or a romanticizing narrative. In this book the three earliest accounts are studied in depth, and it becomes apparent that each author used more than one source, and that only occasionally did any two of them or all three use the same source for an incident or a series of incidents. This book will be of value to ancient historians and of interest also to those studying Alexander the Great.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036535
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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