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    DescriptionIn this study Brian Bosworth looks at the critical period between 329 and 325 BC, when Alexander the Great was active in Central Asia and what is now Pakistan. He documents Alexander's relations with the peoples he conquered, and addresses the question of what it meant to be on the receiving end of the conquest, drawing a bleak picture of massacre and repression. At the same time Alexander's views of empire are investigated, his attitude to his subjects, and the development of his concepts of personal divinity and universal monarchy. Analogies are thus drawn with the Spanish conquest of Mexico, which has a comparable historiographical tradition and parallels many of Alexander's dealings with his subjects. Although of concern to the specialist, this book is equally directed at the general reader interested in the history of Alexander and the morality of empire.


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    Title
    Alexander and the East
    Subtitle
    The Tragedy of Triumph
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) A.B. Bosworth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 234
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 330 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198152620
    ISBN 10: 0198152620
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
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    LC classification: PR
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKP, 1FC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE, CULT/ASIAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
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    B&T General Subject: 495
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 820
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    DC21: 938.07
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG, 1FC, 1FKP
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Thema V1.0: JW, NHD, NHF, NHC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    10 maps and figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    17 December 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    An essential acquisition for graduate and advanced undergraduate collections. Rochelle Snee, Religious Studies Review sensitive discussion of Alexander the Great ... Bosworth judiciously assesses the sources, but also considers the geographical and social context. Professor Bosworth deserves to be read, and not just by classicists or historians of the ancient world, since this is a prudent investigation of the construction of the heroic image of a totalitarian ruler Times Literary Supplement This monograph ... makes a number of profound statements not just about matters relating to Alexander's campaigns in the East, but also about fundamental issues which are central to Alexander studies ... What brings the whole book together and work as a monograph is the subtle interweaving of recurring themes ... an important contribution to Alexander studies ... It is a tight and controlled exposition and exploration of various problems connected with Alexander's campaigns in the East, while at the same time presenting deeper insights into who Alexander was as disinterred from a difficult, complex and often contradictory source tradition. Journal of Hellenic Studies B's main themes are important and he develops them well, with numerous trenchant and pithy observations. The portrait of Alexander he builds up is a sobering one, at times chilling. His forthright criticisms of the king will win him few friends among admirers of Alexander, but are a necessary antidote to the recurrent temptation to idealize him. A. D. Lee, The Classical Review