Alexander the Great: A Reader

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Ian Worthington
Routledge, Mar 12, 2012 - History - 448 pages

This exciting new edition is an indispensable guide for undergraduates to the study of Alexander the Great, showing the problems of the ancient source material, and making it clear that there is no single approach to be taken.
The twelve thematic chapters contain a broad selection of the most significant published articles about Alexander, examining the main areas of debate and discussion:

  • The Sources
  • Alexander’s Influences and the Macedonian Background
  • Alexander’s Aims
  • Alexander’s Battles and Generalship
  • Alexander and the Greeks
  • Alexander and the Persian Empire
  • Alexander, India and the Gedrosian Desert
  • From Mass Marriage to Death
  • Alexander and the ‘Unity of Mankind’
  • Alexander and Deification
  • Alexander and Conspiracies
  • Alexander: The ‘Great’?

The Reader has the distinctive feature of translating a substantial number of the more inaccessible primary sources; each chapter is also prefaced with a succinct introduction to the topic under consideration.


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1 The sources
2 Alexanders influences and the Macedonian background
3 Alexanders aims
4 Alexanders battles and generalship
5 Alexander and the Greeks
6 Alexander and the Persian empire
7 Alexander India and the Gedrosian desert
8 From mass marriage to death
9 Alexander and the unity of mankind
10 Alexander and deification
11 Alexander and conspiracies
the Great?
Index of sources
General index

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About the author (2012)

Ian Worthington is Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He has published 15 sole-authored and edited books and over 100 articles and essays on Greek history, epigraphy and oratory. In 2005 he won the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in the Humanities, in 2007 the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Most Inspiring Professor Award and in 2010 the William H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award.

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