Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

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This book collects together ten contributions by leading scholars in the field of Alexander studies which represent the most advanced scholarship in this area. They span the gamut between historical reconstruction and historiographical research, and viewed as a whole represent a wide spectrumof methodology. This first English collection of essays on Alexander includes a comparison of the Spanish conquest of Mexico with the Macedonians in the east which examines the attitudes towards the subject peoples and the justification of conquest, an analysis of the attested conspiracies at theMacedonian and Persian courts, and studies of panhellenic ideology and the concept of kingship. There is a radical new interpretation of the hunting fresco from Tomb II at Vergina, and a new date for the pamphlet on Alexander's last days which ends the Alexander romance, and a re-interpretation ofthe bizarre portents of his death. Three chapters on historiography address the problem of interpreting Alexander's attested behaviour, the indirect source tradition used by Polybius, and the resonances of contemporary politics in the extant histories.
 

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Introduction
1
A Tale of Two Empires Hernan Cortes and Alexander the Great
23
Conspiracies
50
Alexander the Great and Panhellenism
96
Alexander the Great and the Kingship of Asia
136
Hephaestions Pyre and the Royal Hunt of Alexander
167
Ptolemy and the Will of Alexander
207
A Baleful Birth in Babylon
242
Artifice and Alexander History
263
Polybius and Alexander Historiography
286
Originality and its Limits in the Alexander Sources of the Early Empire
307
Bibliography
327
Index
353
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A. B. Bosworth is at University of Western Australia. E. J. Baynham is at University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

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