Alexander the Great: Volume 2, Sources and Studies, Volume 2

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 11, 2003 - History - 492 pages
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Tarn's Alexander the Great, first published in 1948, has become a classic and its importance for subsequent Alexander studies can hardly be exaggerated. Based on a lifetime's work and elegantly and persuasively written, both volumes evoked immediate admiration - and very soon sharp reaction. Little has in fact appeared on Alexander over the last thirty years that has not been directly related to Tarn's book. Especially Volume II, with its detailed analysis of the sources and discussion of the main historical cruces - such as Cleitarchus' date, the status of the Greek cities, Alexander's deification, his supposed plans for a world-kingdom and the famous thesis that he sought to realise the 'brotherhood of mankind' - has itself inspired scores of books and articles. For the scholar both volumes are indispensable and their re-appearance is to be warmly welcomed.
 

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Well-known, but excessively biased in favor of Alexander. I doubt he was either as idealistic or as moral as Tarn claims. My views are closer to Badian's Read full review

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Tarn is, of course, great. But he's only for experienced Alexander-explorers. Many of his facts and virtually all of his interpretation is now either overturned or in serious doubt. At this point, he ... Read full review

Contents

B CLEITARCHUS AND ALEXANDERS EXPEDITION
13
ARISTOBULUS AND CLEITARCHUS
29
E CLEITARCHUS BOOK
43
E THE POETASTERS
55
F DIODORUS XVII
63
F DIODORUS METHOD OF WORK
87
G CURTIUS USE OF DIODORUS
116
H JUSTIN BOOKS XI AND XII
122
CARANUS
260
THE GORDIAN KNOT
262
THE DEATH OF BATIS
265
TnE MURDER OF PARMENION
270
THE ALLEGED MASSACRE OF THE BRANCHIDAE
272
ALEXANDER AND THE GANGES
275
DOCUMENTARY 15 THE SPEECHES IN ARRIAN AND SOME IN CURTIUS
286
PLUTARCHS Lift OF ALEXANDER
296

PART
135
THE SHORT MACEDONIAN CUBIT page
169
ALEXANDERS COMMUNICATIONS
171
THE CAHDACES
180
THE BATTLE OF GAUGAMELA
182
THE BATTLE OF THE HYDASPES
190
CITIES 7 ALEXANDER AND THE GREEK CITIES OF ASIA MINOR
199
The League of Corinth
228
ALEXANDERS FOUNDATIONS
232
Alexandria in Makarene
249
Plutarch De Alexandri Fortuna out Vinuu I 328
255
THE DATE OF THE GAZETTEER OF ALEXANDERS EMPIRE
309
ALEXANDERS ATTITUDE TO SEX page
319
THE QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS
326
ANIKHTOI
338
THE MAIN PROBLEMS
347
THE EMBASSIES TO BABYLON
374
BROTHERHOOD AND UNITY
399
Addenda
451
Map
478
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