Alexander the Great : the unique history of Quintus Curtius /
Elizabeth Baynham.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1998.
xiv, 237 p. ; 24 cm.
0472108581 (acid-free paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1998.
0472108581 (acid-free paper)
contents note
Abbreviations -- Introduction -- "Roman" Curtius -- Quintus Curtius' sources and his historical methods -- Fortuna -- Regnum in the First Pentad: Alexander and Darius -- Regnum in the Second Pentad: Alexander, king, general, and tyrant -- Appendix: the problem of Curtius' date and identity -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-225) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elizabeth Baynham is Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Newcastle
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-12-01:
Alexander the Great is a figure of endless fascination, and Alexander historiography remains a lively and fertile occupation for classicists and ancient historians. Baynham's study focuses on the first century CE account of Alexander's career by the Roman historian Quintus Curtius. Much of the book is taken up with investigation of the literary and rhetorical antecedents of Curtius's history, but Baynham ultimately offers many fascinating insights into the Alexander tradition, both ancient and modern, the key episodes of his career, and the particular character of Curtius's account. Through this study, the reader develops a deeper respect for what has often been dismissed as a derivative source of minor significance. Although the full value of Baynham's work will be appreciated only by the specialist, even the novice Alexander enthusiast will gain much from it. All Latin passages are translated. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. P. Legon University of Baltimore
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Alexander the Great has remained a source of fascination since antiquity. Literary tradition surrounding the Macedonian conqueror is rich, contradictory, and complex. In order to investigate what aspects of Alexander's person and reign interested ancient writers, scholar Elizabeth Baynham examines their sources and motivations. The result is a solid contribution to studies of Alexander and of Greek and Roman history.
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
"Roman" Curtiusp. 15
Quintus Curtius' Sources and His Historical Methodsp. 57
Fortunap. 101
Regnum in the First Pentad: Alexander and Dariusp. 132
Regnum in the Second Pentad: Alexander, King, General, and Tyrantp. 165
The Problem of Curtius' Date and Identityp. 201
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 227
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