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From Arrian to Alexander : Studies in Historical Interpretation - A. B. Bosworth

From Arrian to Alexander

Studies in Historical Interpretation

Hardcover Published: 25th February 1988
ISBN: 9780198148630
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book attempts to achieve a new perspective in evaluating the sources of Alexander's reign. Instead of concentrating upon the lost first generation historians, Professor Bosworth focuses upon what is extant, in particular the work of Arrian, the most respected writer on the period. Through a rigorous examination of their methods, he strips away some of the encrustation from the persona of Alexander, allowing a less warped picture to emerge. As well as examining the attitudes of Arrian to his subject matter, he looks at his approach to his sources, his techniques in writing speeches, and the degree to which he imposes his own judgement on his subject matter. The results obtained are then brought directly to bear on two vital problems of documentation: the Royal Journals of Alexander and his purported Last Plans.

' Bosworth is meticulous and very erudite, and his analysis, which embraces points of history and ancient literature, can be persuasive and ingenious.' THES 'We should all be grateful to Professor Bosworth for finding time and energy to propound his views on some of the general problems which face the Alexander-historian in his reading of Arrian. He provides much food for thought.' N.G.L. Hammond, Clare College, Cambridge. Classical Review 'The approach is sensible and sensitive' Greece & Rome

Prefacep. v
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction Some Basic Principlesp. 1
Arrian and His Historical Productionp. 16
The Handling of Sourcesp. 38
The Secondary Tradition General Considerationsp. 61
The Problem of the Speechesp. 94
The Peroration Arrian's View of Alexanderp. 135
The Ephemerides the Tradition of the King's Deathp. 157
Alexander's Last Plansp. 185
Bibliographyp. 213
General Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780198148630
ISBN-10: 0198148631
Series: Oxford Scholarly Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25th February 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45