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    DescriptionThe Book of Alexander the Great - or the Phyllada - has for three centuries been the most popular account of Alexander's career in modern Greece. After circulating in manuscript form, it was first published in 1680 in Venice, and has been continuously in print in Greek ever since. The Phyllada broadly follows the structure of the ancient Alexander Romance, but is much better organised and is a work of popular literature reflecting the immense interest that the Conqueror has generated since earliest times. Numerous folktales and local legends kept his story alive, and many works about Alexander circulated in manuscript during the Byzantine period. The Phyllada is the culmination of this tradition. Yet it has never been translated into English: a surprising neglect which Richard Stoneman - an acknowledged expert on Alexander - makes good in this elegant rendering supplemented by a full introduction. As a piece of literature the Phyllada is among the best treatments of the Alexander legend, being full of colour and human interest. Alexander not only encounters the heroes of Troy on his adventures but wears the crown and robe of Solomon. His descent into the 'Cave of the Gods' (Greek and Egyptian gods in the Romance) becomes a visit to a hell described in Christian terms. The pagan Alexander is thus filtered through a modern lens and becomes an emblem of the good king. The sophisticated narrative structure and world view of the Phyllada account for its lasting influence. This new translation does it full justice.


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    Title
    The Book of Alexander the Great
    Subtitle
    A Life of the Conqueror
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Richard Stoneman, Translated by Richard Stoneman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 277 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848852945
    ISBN 10: 1848852940
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A13283500
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 938.07092
    LC classification: PA3946.C3 E5 2012
    Thema V1.0: NHC
    Publisher
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
    Imprint name
    I.B.Tauris
    Publication date
    15 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Stoneman is Honorary Visiting Professor in Classics at the University of Exeter and was formerly Publisher of Classics and Archaeology at Routledge. His many books in the field of classical antiquity including Land of Lost Gods (1987), Palmyra and its Empire (1993), A Traveller's History of Turkey (1993) and Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend (2008), which was named by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008.