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Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation

Waldemar Heckel (Editor), J. C. Yardley (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22821-9
376 pages
January 2004, ©2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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This source book presents new translations of the most important ancient writings on the life and legacy of Alexander the Great.

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death and legacy.

  • Includes substantial extracts of texts written by historians, geographers, biographers and military writers.

  • A general introduction and introductions to each chapter set the sources in context.

  • Also includes a bibliography of modern works, visual sources and a map of Alexander's
    expedition.
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List of Plates.

Abbreviations.

Map 1.

Map 2.

Introduction.

Part I: Macedonian Background.

Part II: Philip II, Father of Alexander the Great.

Part III: Alexander's Family, Youth, Appearance and Character.

Part IV: The Persians and their Empire.

Part V: Alexander and the Greeks.

Part VI: The Army and War.

Part VII: Alexander and the Barbarians.

Part VIII: Alexander and Women.

Part IX: Gods and Heroes.

Part X: Conspiracy and Mutiny.

Part XI: Alexander's Final Days, Final Plans and the Division of Power after his Death.

Part XII: Alexander and the Romans.

Part XIII: Alexander's Legacy.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Waldemar Heckel is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Calgary. He was a founding editor of the Ancient History Bulletin and is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Last Days and Testament of Alexander the Great (1988), The Marshals of Alexander’s Empire (1992), and The Wars of Alexander the Great (2002).

J. C. Yardley is Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa and a past President of the Classical Association of Canada. His publications include translations of Quintus Curtius’ History of Alexander, Livy 31–40, and Justin’s Epitome of Trogus. His latest work is Justin and Pompeius Trogus (2003).

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  • This source book presents fresh new translations of the most important ancient writings on the life and legacy of Alexander the Great.

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death and legacy.

  • Includes substantial extracts of texts written by historians, geographers, biographers and military writers.

  • A general introduction and introductions to each chapter set the sources in context.

  • Also includes a bibliography of modern works, visual sources and a map of Alexander's
    expedition.
See More
"This volume provides an excellent selection of source materials with judicious commentary and up-to-date references. The elusive Alexander has never been so accessible to undergraduates. This volume seems destined to become a standard in our classrooms." Professor Frank Holt, University of Houston <!--end-->


"This well-conceived and brilliantly executed book will be a boon to lecturers, teachers, and students of Alexander alike." Dr Pat Wheatley, University of Queensland

"A review has to answer one simple question: is it advisable to buy this book? This time, the answer is an unqualified yes. Heckel and Yardley have collected many sources on the reign of Alexander and offer admirable translations and fine explanations...their book is to be recommended to anyone studying the reign of Alexander." Jona Lendering, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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