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Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation by Waldemar Heckel, J. C. Yardley

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By Waldemar Heckel, J. C. Yardley

This resource e-book provides new translations of an important old writings at the lifestyles and legacy of Alexander the nice. presents entire insurance of Alexander, from his relatives history to his army conquests, demise and legacy. comprises vast extracts of texts written by way of historians, geographers, biographers and army writers.A normal advent and introductions to every bankruptcy set the resources in context.Also features a bibliography of contemporary works, visible assets and a map of Alexander'sexpedition.

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1 From Philip’s time it was customary for the sons of high-ranking Macedonians to be assigned to attend the king when they were reaching puberty. These were given the responsibility of generally seeing to the king’s personal needs and also guarding him while he slept. And whenever the king went riding they would receive the horses from his grooms and bring them to him. They would then help him mount in the Persian manner22 and join the king in the competition of the hunt. 21 At this time (in 328/7) the pages would have been educated by Callisthenes, just as many of Philip’s pages in the 340s received instruction, along with Alexander, from Aristotle.

This was the cause of Arybbas’ downfall and of all his troubles. [12] For, while he was hoping to 13 This is untrue. Perdiccas died fighting the Illyrians in 360/59. Trogus’ account may be based (directly or indirectly) on a source that was hostile to Eurydice, perhaps Theopompus of Chios; cf. FGrH 115 F 289. Flower (1994: 5–6), however, argues against Trogus’ use of Theopompus. The inconsistencies that Flower sees may be explained by Trogus’ possible use of Timagenes of Alexandria as an intermediary source.

The next day the two men were even more insistent in their demands for the contest and, since Alexander could not deter them, he allowed them to carry out their plan. [19] A huge crowd of soldiers, including the Greeks, supported Dioxippus. The Macedonian had equipped himself with regular weapons: he held a bronze shield and a spear, which they call a sarissa, in his left hand and a javelin in his right, while he also had a sword at his side – as if he were going to fight a number of men simultaneously.

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