From Arrian to Alexander: Studies in Historical Interpretation

From Arrian to Alexander: Studies in Historical Interpretation

From Arrian to Alexander: Studies in Historical Interpretation

From Arrian to Alexander: Studies in Historical Interpretation

Synopsis

This book provides a new perspective on the sources of Alexander's reign by rigorously examining the methods of historians of the time, particularly those of Arrian. Revealing Arrian's attitude toward his subject matter, approach to sources, techniques in writing speeches, and the degree to which he imposed his own judgement of his subject matter, Bosworth presents a clearer and more accurate picture of the persona of Alexander the Great, while offering new insights into two vital problems of documentation--the Royal Journals and the purported Last Plans.

Excerpt

This book has two aims, as its title implies. In the first place it is designed as a contribution to Arrian scholarship, enlarging on important general issues which could only be tackled briefly or peripherally in my Historical Commentary on Arrian. In some ways it can be regarded as an extended prolegomenon to the second volume of that work, which has already been unduly delayed and threatens to be delayed still further (óμως δέ λûσαι δυνατóς òξεîαν έπιμομΆαν

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