Alexander the Great: A Reader by Ian Worthington

By Ian Worthington

Together with his remarkable conquests from Greece within the west to India within the East, Alexander the nice used to be the kind of guy that legends are made from; therein lies the matter for these learning him. Ought we to just accept identical to a speeding king having fun with a string of miraculous successes, or undertake a extra cynical overview, being attentive to the entire disadvantages of his reign? within the mild of the facts at our disposal, does he even need to be known as ''Great''? This intriguing new quantity is an imperative consultant for undergraduates to the examine of Alexander the nice, exhibiting the issues of the traditional resource fabric, and making it transparent that there's no unmarried method of be taken. The 11 thematic chapters include a wide number of the main major released articles approximately Alexander, interpreting the most components of discussion and discussion:the resources; Alexander's heritage; Alexander's goals; Alexander and the Greeks; Alexander and Asia; Alexander, India and the ultimate Years; Alexander as normal; Alexander and ''The solidarity of Mankind''; Alexander and Deification; Alexander and Conspiracies; Alexander: The 'Great'? The Reader has the virtue of translating a considerable variety of the extra inaccessible basic assets; every one bankruptcy is usually prefaced with a succinct creation to the subject into consideration.

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I. 358 (on Justin xii. 4. 12); Antichthon 17 (1983) 42 (on Justin xiii. 4. 20). Cf. Atkinson (above, n. 2) 67–73, with my comments in CP 78 (1983) 157–9. W. Rutz, Hermes 93 (1965) 370–82. On this, see R. K. Sinclair, CQ 16 (1966) 249–55. For a general appreciation of Diodorus see Hornblower (above, n. 34) 22 ff. The aristeia monopolizes the narrative from xvii. 20. 1 to 21. 3. 3) a celebrated historical crux. For a mordant critique of the tradition see Badian, in Ancient Macedonia ii. 272–4. , Three Historians 16f.

2) 67–73, with my comments in CP 78 (1983) 157–9. W. Rutz, Hermes 93 (1965) 370–82. On this, see R. K. Sinclair, CQ 16 (1966) 249–55. For a general appreciation of Diodorus see Hornblower (above, n. 34) 22 ff. The aristeia monopolizes the narrative from xvii. 20. 1 to 21. 3. 3) a celebrated historical crux. For a mordant critique of the tradition see Badian, in Ancient Macedonia ii. 272–4. , Three Historians 16f. The method has been well employed by Hamilton, in Greece & the E. Mediterranean 129–35, comparing Curtius ix with Diod.

6. 21 ALEXANDER’S BACKGROUND 9 Curtius 6. 9. 34–6. 10 PSI XII 2 (1951) no. 1284: Plu. Eum. 11. Badian, loc. cit. 41 and 50 n. 66, discusses the former and not the latter, which hardly bears out his theory that Eumenes ‘could not directly communicate with Macedonian soldiers’, and presumably they with him. Badian says in his note that he is not concerned with the argument as to whether Macedonian was a ‘dialect’ or ‘a language’. Such an argument seems to me to be at the heart of the matter. We have a similar problem in regard to Epirus, where some had thought the language of the people was Illyrian.

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