Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

Synopsis

A selection from the papers presented at an international symposium, "Philip II and Alexander III: Father, Son and Dunasteia," held April 3-5, 2008, at Clemson University, in South Carolina.

Excerpt

In July of 1997, A. B. Bosworth and E. B. Baynham convened an international symposium on Alexander the Great at the University of Newcastle (NSW, Australia). The conveners then edited a selection of papers from the conference, Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction, published by Oxford University Press in 2000. This conference and publication became a model for what has become a continuing series of symposia focusing on the world and impact of Alexander and involving junior and senior scholars from a variety of academic disciplines, undergraduates and graduates, and the general public. Each symposium has produced a publication. In January 2002, Waldemar Heckel convened a symposium at University of Calgary; he and Lawrence Tritle then edited a collection derived from that meeting, Crossroads of History: The Age of Alexander, published in 2003. In January of 2005, Professor Heckel again generously sponsored a symposium; he, Lawrence Tritle, and Pat Wheatley edited a collection derived from the second Calgary symposium, Alexander’s Empire: Formulation to Decay, published in 2007. In that same year, Pat Wheatley hosted a conference at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He and Robert Hannah coedited a collection of papers related to that meeting; Alexander and His Successors: Essays from the Antipodes that Regina Books published in May of 2009. So too the present collection of articles has its origin in an international symposium, “Philip II and Alexander III: Father, Son and Dunasteia,” held April 3–5, 2008, at Clemson University in South Carolina. The current manuscript constitutes a selection from the papers delivered at the symposium, though many of these papers now differ markedly from their earlier oral versions. As we write, another Alexander Symposium, convened by Victor Alonso Troncoso, is planned for September 2010 at Universidad de La Coruña, Spain.

Each symposium has differed a bit from the others in focus, or composition, or organization but all have provided invaluable experience for those interested in the world of Alexander and ancient Macedonia, the rare opportunity for specialists ordinarily scattered around the world to talk at length, to bounce ideas off each other, and . . .

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