By Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman
Many very important concerns surrounding Alexander the Great's conquest have captured the curiosity of students and basic readers because antiquity. This publication, that is meant as an informative better half for students and nonspecialist alike, acquaints us with those concerns and their present interpretations, and opens up new instructions of research because it confronts them. It covers a extensive variety of themes: the ancients' representations of the king in literature and paintings; Alexander's kin with Greeks, Macedonians, and the peoples of Asia; the army, political, sociological and cultural features of his campaigns; the exploitation of his biography and the myths approximately him through historical philosophers to argue an ethical element or via glossy groups in and out of doors the Balkans to confirm or contest ethnic and nationwide identities.
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But turn the barrel again and they fall another way. So it is with the Alexander sources. To return to an earlier analogy; the individual will always tune into the harmony of voices that he or she finds plausible and pleasing. This approach is particularly true of Hammond's 1983 study, Three Historians While there is much of value in this work, one of the main concerns is the author's apparent confidence in identifying sources like Diyllus and Cleitarchus (when so little is known about them) in Diodorus, Curtius and Justin.
94 with Worthington 1992: 263; Hyper. Epitaph. 21; Dem. col. 33; on the latter see now Whitehead 2000 455 57. 12; cf. Athen. 251 B) that Demades put forward a proposal in the Athenian Assemby declaring Alexander a thirteenth god is considered late and unreliable; see Bosworth Conquest and Empire 1988: 289. According to Plutarch (Mor. 842 D) the Athenian statesman Lycurgus exclaimed that the new god's worshippers would have to purify themselves after every act of worship; elsewhere at Sparta, tradition credits a certain Damis with the laconic remark, "If Alexander wishes to be a god, let him be a god" (Ael.
53 There is a prolific range of coins, with some of the most beautiful and striking images to be found in the ancient world, such as the great tetradrachms of Lysimachus and their exquisite portraits of a youthful and divine Alexander. The identification and attribution of coins is based upon mint marks (particularly upon correlation with known coin types), the types of die, the context of coin hoards and other stylistic and historical aspects. Nevertheless, these methods are not always reliable and dating coins is often uncertain.
Brill's Companion to Alexander the Great by Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman