The Alexander Romance in Persia and the East

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Richard Stoneman, Kyle Erickson, Ian Richard Netton
Barkhuis, 2012 - History - 416 pages
Alexander the Great of Macedon was no stranger to controversy in his own time. Conqueror of the Greek states, of Egypt and of the Persian Empire as well as many of the principalities of the Indus Valley, he nevertheless became revered as well as vilified. Was he a simply a destroyer of the ancient civilizations and religions of these regions, or was he a hero of the Persian dynasties and of Islam? The conflicting views that were taken of him in the Middle East in his own time and the centuries that followed are still reflected in the tensions that exist between east and west today. The story of Alexander became the subject of legend in the medieval west, but was perhaps even more pervasive in the east. The Alexander Romance was translated into Syriac in the sixth century and may have become current in Persia as early as the third century AD. From these beginnings it reached into the Persian national epic, the Shahnameh, into Jewish traditions, and into the Quran and subsequent Arab romance. The papers in this volume all have the aim of deepening our understanding of this complex development. If we can understand better why Alexander is such an important figure in both east and west, we shall be a little closer to understanding what unites two often antipathetic worlds. This volume collects the papers delivered at the conference of the same title held at the University of Exeter from July 26-29 2010. More than half the papers were by invited speakers and were designed to provide a systematic view of the subject; the remainder were selected for their ability to carry research forward in an integrated way.
 

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Contents

SELDEN
19
W DOUFIKARAERTS
61
GRAHAM ANDERSON
81
CORINNE JOUANNO
105
HENDRIK BOESCHOTEN
117
Some Talk of Alexander Myth and Politics
127
HAILA MANTEGHI
161
MARIO CASARI
175
DANIEL OGDEN
277
SABINE MÜLLER
295
SULOCHANA ASIRVATHAM
311
Persian and Arabic Traditions
318
ALEKSANDRA SZALC
327
ALEKSANDRA KLCZAR
339
ORY AMITAY
347
OLGA PALAGIA
369

DAVID ZUWIYYA
205
ELSAYED M
219
EMILY COTTRELL
230
LESLIE S B MCCOULL
255
YURIKO YAMANAKA
263
AGNIESZKA FULINSKA
383
FIRUZA MELVILLE
405
Index
411
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About the author (2012)

Richard Stoneman is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter (UK) with particular research interest in the continuity of the Greek world and Greek tradition up to the present day and in Alexander the Great, especially in later legend.

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