Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great : Historical Sources in Translation

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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 Alexandera s expedition.

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 30mm | 680.39g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0631228217
  • 9780631228219
  • 123,666

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Author Information

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 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 "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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At his death in 323 BC, Alexander the Great ruled an empire stretching from the Balkans to India, yet the best accounts we have of his life were written hundreds of years after his death. This book presents new translations of the most important ancient writings on Alexander's life and legacy. Substantial extracts from Greek and Latin authors are arranged thematically and presented in such a way that the reader can compare different reports of the same events. They provide comprehensive coverage of Alexander, from his family background to his military conquests, death, and legacy. Accounts by historians are complemented by passages from geographers, biographers, and military writers. Waldemar Heckel, one of the foremost Alexander scholars in the world, provides an introduction and commentary outlining Alexander's career, and discussing the sources, both extant and lost. He also supplies a bibliography of the most significant modern works on Alexander. Visual evidence is included, and a map of Alexander's expedition guides readers through the military campaigns.

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