By Ian Worthington
Together with his unparalleled 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 simply accept a twin of a rushing king having fun with a string of unbelievable successes, or undertake a extra cynical assessment, paying attention to all of the dangers of his reign? within the gentle of the facts at our disposal, does he even should be known as ''Great''? This intriguing new quantity is an crucial consultant for undergraduates to the examine of Alexander the good, displaying 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 vast number of the main major released articles approximately Alexander, analyzing the most components of dialogue and discussion:the resources; Alexander's historical past; Alexander's goals; Alexander and the Greeks; Alexander and Asia; Alexander, India and the ultimate Years; Alexander as common; Alexander and ''The cohesion 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 fundamental assets; every one bankruptcy is usually prefaced with a succinct creation to the subject into account.
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64. 3–6. Hammond (Three Historians 190 n. 25) mentions only the figure of 365 stades for the circuit of the walls, which he suggests might have been reported by sources other than Cleitarchus. He omits the rest of the correspondences which make the hypothesis of a common source compelling. See, however, Hamilton, in Greece & the E. Mediterranean 138–40. 39 Diod. xi. 58. 2–3. 40 Cic. Brut. 42–3 = FGrH 137 F 34. 41 This was suggested by Schwartz, RE v. D 497. 42 See ch. 4 [in Bosworth, 1988]. 43 Hammond, Three Historians, esp.
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. xvii. 89–104. See the exposition in HCArr. i. 16–34 for details. See ch. 2 [in Bosworth, 1988]. E. Kornemann, Die Alexandergeschichte des Königs Ptolemaios I. ron Aegspien (Leipzig, 1934). The method is here at its most extreme and was rightly criticized from the outset (see Strasburger’s review in Gnomon 13  483–92); but its basic assumptions are pervasive in modern scholarship.
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