Alexander and the East: The Tragedy of Triumph (Paperback)A. B. Bosworth (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 217 x 139 x 13 mm
sensitive discussion of Alexander the Great ... Bosworth judiciously assesses the sources, but also considers the geographical and social context. Professor Bosworth deserves to be read, and not just by classicists or historians of the ancient world, since this is a prudent investigation of the construction of the heroic image of a totalitarian ruler * Times Literary Supplement *
This monograph ... makes a number of profound statements not just about matters relating to Alexander's campaigns in the East, but also about fundamental issues which are central to Alexander studies ... What brings the whole book together and work as a monograph is the subtle interweaving of recurring themes ... an important contribution to Alexander studies ... It is a tight and controlled exposition and exploration of various problems connected with Alexander's campaigns in the East, while at the same time presenting deeper insights into who Alexander was as disinterred from a difficult, complex and often contradictory source tradition. * Journal of Hellenic Studies *
B's main themes are important and he develops them well, with numerous trenchant and pithy observations. The portrait of Alexander he builds up is a sobering one, at times chilling. His forthright criticisms of the king will win him few friends among admirers of Alexander, but are a necessary antidote to the recurrent temptation to idealize him. * A. D. Lee, The Classical Review *
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