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Alexander the Great (Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History) by Richard Stoneman

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By Richard Stoneman

Presents an creation to the heritage of Alexander and the most topics of his reign. in addition to tackling difficulties of interpretation, the textual content comprises: an exam of the written and different assets, and the issues of operating with them; dialogue of archaeological and numismatic proof; an overview of the Macedonian historical past; perception into Alexander's schooling and concepts; an exploration of Alexander's declare to divinity; evaluate of Alexander's brief and long term achievements; and a research of his effect in antiquity.

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On the other hand, the narrowness of the plain meant that the Persian superior numbers, and cavalry, were of no advantage to them. At one point Alexander himself located Darius and was pursuing him with the determination of killing him – the moment portrayed in the famous mosaic from the House of the Faun at Pompeii. But Darius, seizing the reins of his chariot with his own hands, turned tail and had a considerable start. The Persian cavalry wavered and fled with Darius, plunging through the infantry behind him.

Alex. 5). This may be imagination; but Plutarch also tells us that ‘It was Aristotle, I believe, who did more than anyone to implant in Alexander his interest in the art of healing as well as that of philosophy’ (Plut. Alex. 8). Plutarch is concerned to paint a somewhat glowing picture of the young man with philosophic interests like Plutarch’s own; but it seems plain that the retinue of scientists Alexander took with him to Asia owed something to the love of learning instilled in him by Aristotle.

There were cities in Macedon before Philip, and there was culture, too, as we shall see. But these sentences reflect the perception of the Greeks further south, that the Macedonians were a rustic, backward – even ‘barbarian’ – people. The charge of ‘barbarism’ requires explanation. The term was used by Greeks to describe any people who did not speak Greek – whose language sounded (to them) like ‘bar-bar’. Were the Macedonians Greeks? Scholarly opinion remains divided over the issue, and there is little enough direct evidence to draw on.

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