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    DescriptionThe charismatic Alexander the Great of Macedon (356-323 B.C.E.) was one of the most successful military commanders in history, conquering Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia, central Asia, and the lands beyond as far as Pakistan and India. Alexander has been, over the course of two millennia since his death at the age of thirty-two, the central figure in histories, legends, songs, novels, biographies, and, most recently, films. In 2004 director Oliver Stone's epic film "Alexander" generated a renewed interest in Alexander the Great and his companions, surroundings, and accomplishments, but the critical response to the film offers a fascinating lesson in the contentious dialogue between historiography and modern entertainment. This volume brings together an intriguing mix of leading scholars in Macedonian and Greek history, Persian culture, film studies, classical literature, and archaeology - including some who were advisors for the film - and includes an afterword by Oliver Stone discussing the challenges he faced in putting Alexander's life on the big screen. The contributors scrutinize Stone's project from its inception and design to its production and reception, considering such questions as: Can a film about Alexander (and similar figures from history) be both entertaining and historically sound? How do the goals of screenwriters and directors differ from those of historians? How do Alexander's personal relationships - with his mother Olympias, his wife Roxane, his lover Hephaistion, and others - affect modern perceptions of Alexander? Several of the contributors also explore reasons behind the film's tepid response at the box office and subsequent controversies.


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    Title
    Responses to Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
    Subtitle
    Film, History, and Cultural Studies
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Paul Cartledge, Edited by Fiona Rose Greenland, Afterword by Oliver Stone, Series edited by William Aylward, Series edited by Nicholas D. Cahill, Series edited by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780299232849
    ISBN 10: 0299232840
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
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    BIC subject category V2: APF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    DC22: 791.4372
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030, HIS016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 791.43/72
    BISAC V2.8: SOC032000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: PN1997.2.A425 R47 2010
    Thema V1.0: ATF, JBCC
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    17 b/w illustrations (est.)
    Publisher
    University of Wisconsin Press
    Imprint name
    University of Wisconsin Press
    Publication date
    20 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Wisconsin
    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge is the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University, and the Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He is author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than twenty books, including Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past. Fiona Rose Greenland earned a doctorate in classical archaeology as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she subsequently served as lecturer. She was hired by Oliver Stone in 2003 to provide expertise on Greek art and architecture for Alexander. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Michigan.
    Review quote
    "A very successful contribution to the burgeoning subsector of classical scholarship dealing with the modern cinematic treatment of the classics." - James S. Romm, editor of Alexander the Great: Selections from Diodorus, Plutarch, Quintus Curtius, and Arrian"