Sources for Alexander the Great: An Analysis of Plutarch's 'Life' and Arrian's 'Anabasis Alexandrou'

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 2007 - History - 364 pages
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Plutarch and Arrian are the ancient writers who tell us most about Alexander the Great. This book is the first attempt to analyse and evaluate in detail the sources of information they themselves drew on, a necessary first step to appreciating the value of their own accounts. It completes Professor Hammond's study of the five Alexander-historians which began with Three Historians of Alexander the Great (Cambridge University Press 1983) and lays a new basis for work on Alexander.
 

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Plutarchs sources for the narrative passages
5
Balkan campaign sack of Thebes and landing in Asia
24
The set battles in Asia
32
Alexander and Darius
45
Phoenicia Egypt Mesopotamia and Parthia
55
Conspiracies and Callisthenes
84
Bactria India and Carmania
101
Persia and Babylonia
129
Arrians sources for the Anabasis Alexandrou
189
From Macedonia to the Tanais
211
From the Tanais to the Indus valley
236
Advance from Nysa and return to the Hydaspes
248
From the Hydaspes to Persepolis
261
The last year of Alexanders life
280
Part Four
313
Index
335

Attributions and deductions
149
Part Two
163

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