In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great

In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great

by David Grant


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In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great by David Grant

A unique 'backstory' of Alexander and his successors: the biased historians, deceits, wars, generals, and the tale of the literature that preserved them. 'Babylon, mid-June 323 BCE, the gateway of the gods; prostrated in the Summer Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II on the east bank of the Euphrates, wracked by fever and having barely survived another night, King Alexander III, the rule of Macedonia for 12 years and 7 months, had his senior officers congregate at his bedside. Abandoned by Fortune and the healing god Asclepius, he finally acknowledged he was dying. Some 2,340 years on, five barely intact accounts survive to tell a hardly coherent story. At times in close accord, though more often contradictory, they conclude with a melee of death-scene rehashes, all of them suspicious: the first portrayed Alexander dying silent and intestate; he was Homeric and vocal in the second; the third detailed his Last Will and Testament though it is attached to the stuff of romance. Which account do we trust?' In Search Of The Lost Testament Of Alexander The Great is the result of a 'decade of contemplations on Alexander' presented as a rich thematic narrative Grant describes as the 'backstory behind the history' of the great Macedonian and his generals. Taking an uncompromising investigative perspective, Grant delves into the challenges faced by Alexander's unique tale: the forgeries and biased historians, the influences of rhetoric, romance, philosophy and religion on what was written and how. Alexander's own mercurial personality is vividly dissected and the careers and the wars of his successors are presented with a unique eye. But the book never loses sight of central aim: to unravel the mystery behind Alexander's 'unconvincingly reported' intestate death. And out of Grant's research emerges one unavoidable verdict: after 2,340 years, the Last Will and Testament of Alexander III of Macedonia needs to be extracted from 'romance' and reinstated to its rightful place in mainstream history: Babylon in June 323 BCE. Although the result a decade of academic research, In Search Of The Lost Testament Of Alexander The Great is written in an entertaining and engaging style that opens the subject to both scholars and the casual reader of history looking to learn more about the Macedonian king and the men who 'made' his story. It concludes with a wholly new interpretation of the death of Alexander the Great and the mechanism behind the wars of succession that followed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943290284
Publisher: Cedar Forge Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 857
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Press Release: The Bones of Philip II Confirmed

Prolegomenon. Forgery and Philology: The Bag of Tricks Played Upon the Dead

The Art of the Correct Sacrifice

Lighting Dim Candles in the Dark Abyss: Accessing the Evidence

1 The Reborn Wrath of Peleus' Son 1

2 Sarissa Diplomacy: Macedonian Statecraft 107

3 Hierarchic Historians and Alexandrian Alchemy 179

4 Mythoi, Muthodes and the Birth of Romance 229

5 Classicus Scriptor, Rhetoric and Rome 270

6 Guardians and Ghosts of the Ephemerides 319

7 The Damaging Didactic of the Classical Deaths 362

8 Wills and Covenants in the Classical Mind 398

9 Babylon: the Cipher and Rosetta Stone 420

10 The Tragic Triumvirate of Treachery and Oaths 483

11 The Silent Siegecraft of the Pamphleteers 552

12 The Precarious Path of Pergamena and Papyrus 613

13 Comets, Colophons and Curtius Rufus 668

14 Lifting The Shroud of Parrhasius 707

Postscript: Of Bones, Insignia and Warrior Women - The Return to Aegae 762

Bibliography 785

Index 817

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