Alexander the Great Historical Sources in Translation

ISBN-10: 0631228217
ISBN-13: 9780631228219
Edition: 2003
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Description: At his death in 323 BC, Alexander the Great ruled an empire stretching from the Balkans to India, yet the best accounts we have of his life were written hundreds of years after his death. This book presents new translations of the most important  More...

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List price: $60.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650

At his death in 323 BC, Alexander the Great ruled an empire stretching from the Balkans to India, yet the best accounts we have of his life were written hundreds of years after his death. This book presents new translations of the most important ancient writings on Alexanderrsquo;s life and legacy. Substantial extracts from Greek and Latin authors are arranged thematically and presented in such a way that the reader can compare different reports of the same events. They provide comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death, and legacy. Accounts by historians are complemented by passages from geographers, biographers, and military writers. Waldemar Heckel, one of the foremost Alexander scholars in the world, provides an introduction and commentary outlining Alexanderrsquo;s career, and discussing the sources, both extant and lost. He also supplies a bibliography of the most significant modern works on Alexander. Visual evidence is included, and a map of Alexanderrsquo;s expedition guides readers through the military campaigns.

List of Plates
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Map: Alexander's Campaigns, 334-323 BC
The Family of Philip II and Alexander
The Family of Olympias
Translator's Note
Introduction
Macedonian Background
Early History of Macedonia
Macedonians and Greeks: Language, Culture, Attitudes
The King, Aristocracy, and Macedonian Institutions
Philip II, Father of Alexander the Great
Philip's Marriages
Philip's Death
A Comparison of Philip and Alexander
Alexander's Family, Youth, Appearance, and Character
Alexander's Parents and Mythical Ancestors
Alexander's Siblings: A Warlike Half-Sister and a Mentally Defective Half-Brother
Alexander's Education
Alexander's Body
Alexander's Attitude towards Sex
Alexander's Drinking, Personal Habits, and Health
Alexander's Character, Intellect, and Moderation
Alexander and Bucephalas
The Persians and their Empire
The Empire before Alexander's Accession
Persian Wealth and Displays of Opulence
Death of Darius III
Alexander and the Greeks
The Panhellenic Crusade
Alexander's Punishment of those Greeks who Opposed Him
Greek Ambassadors to the Great King Captured by Alexander
Resistance to Alexander in his Absence
Alexander and the Greek Cities of Asia Minor
The Army and War
Financial Resources and Military Strength
Major Battles
Sieges and Smaller Battles
Alexander and the Barbarians
Alexander Adopts Persian Dress and Practices
The Attempt to Introduce Proskynesis
Mixed Marriages
The Epigoni and the Appointment of Orientals in the Army
The Persian Seal
The Tomb of Cyrus the Great
Macedonian Reaction to Alexander's Orientalism
Alexander and Women
Alexander and his "Mothers": Olympias, Ada, and Sisygambis
The Captive Persian Queens
The Amazon Queen
Timocleia of Thebes
The Wife of Spitamenes
Alexander and Roxane
Alexander and Cleophis
Gods and Heroes
Imitation and Emulation of Achilles, Heracles, and Dionysus
The Gordian Knot
Amun (Ammon) and Alexander's "Divinity"
Alexander and the Macedonians: Disaffection, Conspiracy, and Mutiny
General Account of Alexander's Savagery
Alexander the Lyncestian
The Elimination of Philotas and Parmenion
Cleitus
Callisthenes and the Hermolaus Conspiracy
Coenus Opposes Alexander at the Hyphasis (Beas) River
Rivalry between Craterus and Hephaestion
Harpalus, Alexander's Imperial Treasurer
The "Opis Mutiny"
Alexander's Final Days, Final Plans, and the Division of Power after his Death
Death of Alexander
Rumors of Poisoning
The Hypomnemata and the Final Plans of Alexander
Alexander's Will and the Division of Power after his Death
Alexander and the Romans
A Roman View of Alexander's Conquests
Did the Romans Send an Embassy to Alexander?
Could Alexander have Conquered the Romans?
Roman Imitation and Emulation of Alexander
Cities Founded by Alexander
Alexandria in Egypt
Alexandria in the Hindu Kush (Parapamisus)
Alexandria-Eschate (Alexandria on the Iaxartes)
Bucephala and Nicaea on the Hydaspes (Jhelum)
Alexandria in Carmania
Alexandria in Susiana
Foundations Amongst the Cossaeans
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Plates
Bust of Alexander known as the Azara Herm
Alexander with lion headdress from the battlescene on the Alexander Sarcophagus
Hephaestion; from a hunting scene on the Alexander Sarcophagus
The Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii
Coin showing Alexander with lion headdress
Coin showing Alexander with elephant headdress
Coin showing Alexander with horns of Amun (Ammon)
The Marriage of Alexander and Roxane from fresco by "Il Sodoma"

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