From Arrian to Alexander

From Arrian to Alexander : Studies in Historical Interpretation

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This book attempts to achieve a new perspective in evaluating the sources of Alexander's reign. Instead of concentrating upon the lost first generation historians, Professor Bosworth focuses upon what is extant, in particular the work of Arrian, the most respected writer on the period. Through a rigorous examination of their methods, he strips away some of the encrustation from the persona of Alexander, allowing a less warped picture to emerge. As well as examining
the attitudes of Arrian to his subject matter, he looks at his approach to his sources, his techniques in writing speeches, and the degree to which he imposes his own judgement on his subject matter. The results obtained are then brought directly to bear on two vital problems of documentation: the
Royal Journals of Alexander and his purported Last Plans.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 145 x 224 x 18mm | 391g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 figures
  • 0198148631
  • 9780198148630

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' Bosworth is meticulous and very erudite, and his analysis, which embraces points of history and ancient literature, can be persuasive and ingenious.'
THES 'We should all be grateful to Professor Bosworth for finding time and energy to propound his views on some of the general problems which face the Alexander-historian in his reading of Arrian. He provides much food for thought.'
N.G.L. Hammond, Clare College, Cambridge. Classical Review 'The approach is sensible and sensitive'
Greece & Rome
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