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Alexander the Great: A New History

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3081-3
392 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Alexander the Great: A New History combines traditional scholarship with contemporary research to offer an innovative treatment of one of history's most famous figures.
  • Written by leading experts in the field
  • Looks at a wide range of diverse topics including Alexander's religious views, his entourage during his campaign East, his sexuality, the influence of his legacy, and his representations in art and cinema
  • Discusses Alexander's influence, from his impact on his contemporaries to his portrayals in recent Hollywood films
  • A highly informed and enjoyable resource for students and interested general readers
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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Contributors viii

Chronology ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xiv

Abbreviations xv

Journal and Serial Abbreviations xvii

Map xx

Introduction 1

1 The Macedonian Background 7
Michael Zahrnt

2 Alexander’s Conquest of Asia 26
Waldemar Heckel

3 The Diadochi, or Successors to Alexander 53
Patrick Wheatley

4 A King and His Army 69
Waldemar Heckel

5 The Court of Alexander the Great as Social System 83
Gregor Weber

6 Alexander and the Greeks 99

The Corinthian League
Elisabetta Poddighe

7 Alexander and the Greeks 121

Artists and Soldiers, Friends and Enemies
Lawrence A. Tritle

8 The Empire of Darius III in Perspective 141
Pierre Briant

9 Alexander and the Persian Empire, between “Decline” and “Renovation” 171

History and Historiography
Pierre Briant

10 Alexander and his “Terrible Mother” 189
Elizabeth D. Carney

11 Alexander’s Sex Life 203
Daniel Ogden

12 Heroes, Cults, and Divinity 218
Boris Dreyer

13 Alexander’s Image in the Age of the Successors 235
Alexander Meeus

14 Roman Alexanders 251

Epistemology and Identity
Diana Spencer

15 The Construction of a New Ideal 275

The Official Portraiture of Alexander the Great
Catie Mihalopoulos

16 Power, Passion, and Patrons 294

Alexander, Charles Le Brun, and Oliver Stone
E. J. Baynham

Bibliography 311

Index 349

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Author Information

Waldemar Heckel is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Calgary. His publications include Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell, 2005), Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation (with J.C. Yardley, Blackwell, 2003), Crossroads of History: The Age of Alexander (with L.A. Tritle, 2003), The Wars of Alexander the Great (2002), and The Marshals of Alexander’s Empire (1992).

Lawrence A. Tritle is Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University. He is author and editor of The Peloponnesian War (2004), From Melos to My Lai. War and Survival (2000), The Greek World in the Fourth Century (1997) and Phocion the Good (1988), as well as numerous articles on Greek history.

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The Wiley Advantage


  • An innovative treatment of one of history’s most fascinating and enduring figures
  • Written by leading experts in the field
  • Looks at a wide range of diverse topics including Alexander’s religious views, his entourage during his campaign East, his sexuality, the influence of his legacy, and his representations in art and cinema
  • Discusses Alexander’s influence, from his impact on his contemporaries to his portrayals in recent Hollywood films
  • A highly informed and enjoyable resource for students and interested general readers
See More

Reviews

"This book belongs in all university libraries." (CHOICE, September 2009)

"This book is ... '[A] highly informed and enjoyable resource for students and interested general readers.' ... H. and T.'s collection of essays does offer is a synthesis of recent scholarship and current trends that will reward both the general and the specialized reader as well as stimulate further discussion." (The Classical Journal, November 2009)

"All in all this volume is certainly to be welcomed. At an affordable price it offers coverage of a comprehensive range of topics, with the 'big names' well represented among the contributors." (Scholia Reviews, 2009)

"In the many hundreds of books in print on Alexander the Great, few address the larger context of his career. This study by a team of distinguished international scholars, presenting the man, his background and legacy, and his on-going image, fulfills that need triumphantly."
Carol G. Thomas, The University of Washington

"Is there anything new to be written about Alexander? To judge from this excellent collection of essays, covering an unusually wide range of topics, the answer is most certainly yes."
John Cherry, Brown University

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