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Who's who in the age of Alexander the Great : prosopography of Alexander's empire /
Waldemar Heckel.
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
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xxii, 389 p. : maps.
ISBN
1405112107 (hard cover : alk. paper), 9781405112109 (hard cover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
isbn
1405112107 (hard cover : alk. paper)
9781405112109 (hard cover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5830717
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-10-01:
This is the most important book on Alexander's reign in years. According to its blurb, "it is hard to imagine how ... Alexander historians ever managed without it." The heart of this superb work consists of brief but thoroughly documented biographies of all contemporaries of Alexander the Great named in the sources, supplemented by biographies of 138 individuals mentioned in the sources, but whose names are unknown. Fifty-nine pages of detailed notes summarize the scholarship behind the biographies. An appendix dealing with groups of related figures in Alexander's reign, a glossary, extensive bibliography, concordance of variant forms of names, and 15 genealogical tables round out this indispensable work. The data make possible study of the political and administrative history of Alexander's reign. While scholars have long been able to draw on the classic German work of Helmut Berve, Das Alexanderreich auf prosopographischer Grundlage (1926), for advanced study of Alexander's reign, Heckel (Univ. of Calgary) has now made it possible for teachers and students to also research the inner history of one of the most fascinating periods of ancient history. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All university libraries should have this book. S. M. Burstein emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles
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"This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content. " Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia "Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel 's Who 's Who... triumphantly achieves the author 's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it. " Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
"This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content." Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia "Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who... triumphantly achieves the author's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it." Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
& "This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content. & "Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia& "Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel & 's Who & 's Who... triumphantly achieves the author & 's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it. & "Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge"Who's Who will be the standard work on Alexander the Great for decades to come, read both by academic readers and general enthusiasts of Ancient History."Scholia Reviews"It is a good quick reference and should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers and an interesting book for the more casual enquirer."Reference Reviews"Let me also strongly recommend a book for consultation rather than reading: Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell), a work of meticulous scholarship which, with its who-what-and-where emphasis, comes as a most welcome change from the currently fashionable historical passion for trends, abstractions and generalities."The Times Literary Supplement - Book of the Year edition
& "This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content."Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia& "Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who... triumphantly achieves the author's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it."Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge"Who's Who will be the standard work on Alexander the Great for decades to come, read both by academic readers and general enthusiasts of Ancient History."Scholia Reviews"It is a good quick reference and should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers and an interesting book for the more casual enquirer."Reference Reviews"Let me also strongly recommend a book for consultation rather than reading: Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell), a work of meticulous scholarship which, with its who-what-and-where emphasis, comes as a most welcome change from the currently fashionable historical passion for trends, abstractions and generalities."The Times Literary Supplement - Book of the Year edition"This is the most important book on Alexander's reign in years ... Heckel has now made it possible for teachers and students to also research the inner history of one of the most fascinating periods of ancient history. Summing Up: Essential. All university libraries should have this book."Choice& "A book that is needed, and which is a very useful addition to the Alexander stable... It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Alexander, and will remain so for quite some time. This is one of those times when the laudatory endorsements on a book's cover ring true, and hence another book about Alexander is justified."Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who... triumphantly achieves the author's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it." Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge"This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content." Brian Bosworth, University of Western AustraliaA Choice Outstanding Scholarly Book"Let me also strongly recommend a book for consultation rather than reading: Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell), a work of meticulous scholarship which, with its who-what-and-where emphasis, comes as a most welcome change from the currently fashionable historical passion for trends, abstractions and generalities." Times Literary Supplement - Book of the Year edition"This is the most important book on Alexander's reign in years ... Heckel has now made it possible for teachers and students to also research the inner history of one of the most fascinating periods of ancient history. Summing Up: Essential. All university libraries should have this book." Choice"A book that is needed, and which is a very useful addition to the Alexander stable ... It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Alexander, and will remain so for quite some time. This is one of those times when the laudatory endorsements on a book's cover ring true, and hence another book about Alexander is justified." Bryn Mawr Classical Review"Who's Who will be the standard work on Alexander the Great for decades to come, read both by academic readers and general enthusiasts of Ancient History." Scholia Reviews"It is a good quick reference and should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers and an interesting book for the more casual enquirer." Reference Reviews"Heckel's command of the ... sources will be particularly helpful to the student or scholar seeking to employ [it] as a jumping-off point for further research." University of Toronto Quarterly
"Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who ... triumphantly achieves the author's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it." Paul Cartledge , University of Cambridge "This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content." Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia A Choice Outstanding Scholarly Book "Let me also strongly recommend a book for consultation rather than reading: Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell), a work of meticulous scholarship which, with its who-what-and-where emphasis, comes as a most welcome change from the currently fashionable historical passion for trends, abstractions and generalities." Times Literary Supplement - Book of the Year edition "This is the most important book on Alexander's reign in years ... Heckel has now made it possible for teachers and students to also research the inner history of one of the most fascinating periods of ancient history. Summing Up: Essential. All university libraries should have this book." Choice "A book that is needed, and which is a very useful addition to the Alexander stable ... It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Alexander, and will remain so for quite some time. This is one of those times when the laudatory endorsements on a book's cover ring true, and hence another book about Alexander is justified." Bryn Mawr Classical Review " Who's Who will be the standard work on Alexander the Great for decades to come, read both by academic readers and general enthusiasts of Ancient History." Scholia Reviews "It is a good quick reference and should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers and an interesting book for the more casual enquirer." Reference Reviews "Heckel's command of the ... sources will be particularly helpful to the student or scholar seeking to employ [it] as a jumping-off point for further research." University of Toronto Quarterly
"This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content." Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia "Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who... triumphantly achieves the author's stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it." Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge "Who's Who will be the standard work on Alexander the Great for decades to come, read both by academic readers and general enthusiasts of Ancient History." Scholia Reviews "It is a good quick reference and should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers and an interesting book for the more casual enquirer." Reference Reviews "Let me also strongly recommend a book for consultation rather than reading: Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell), a work of meticulous scholarship which, with its who-what-and-where emphasis, comes as a most welcome change from the currently fashionable historical passion for trends, abstractions and generalities." The Times Literary Supplement - Book of the Year edition "This is the most important book on Alexander's reign in years ... Heckel has now made it possible for teachers and students to also research the inner history of one of the most fascinating periods of ancient history. Summing Up: Essential. All university libraries should have this book." Choice "A book that is needed, and which is a very useful addition to the Alexander stable ... It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Alexander, and will remain so for quite some time. This is one of those times when the laudatory endorsements on a book's cover ring true, and hence another book about Alexander is justified." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Summaries
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Containing over 800 concise biographies of individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander, this book is the only complete collection of its kind available in English. The entries range from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign. The most significant figures receive detailed coverage, and all entries contain references to the ancient sources. Brief biographies of Alexander himself and his father, Philip II, are also included. This book will open up new perspectives for all interested in Alexander's reign, from scholars to general readers.
Back Cover Copy
Containing over 800 concise biographies of individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander, this book is the only complete collection of its kind available in English. The entries range from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign. The most significant figures receive detailed coverage, and all entries contain references to the ancient sources. Brief biographies of Alexander himself and his father, Philip II, are also included. This book will open up new perspectives for all interested in Alexander's reign, from scholars to general readers. For information, news, and content from Blackwell's reference publishing program please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/reference/
Bowker Data Service Summary
Covering significant figures, ranging from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign, this volume gives balanced biographies extending beyond the death of Alexander in 323 BC where relevant.
Long Description
Containing over 800 concise biographies of individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander, this book is the only complete collection of its kind available in English.The entries range from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign. The most significant figures receive detailed coverage, and all entries contain references to the ancient sources. Brief biographies of Alexander himself and his father, Philip II, are also included.This book will open up new perspectives for all interested in Alexander's reign, from scholars to general readers.
Long Description
Containing over 800 concise biographies of individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander, this book is the only complete collection of its kind available in English.The entries range from leading commanders in Alexander 's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign. The most significant figures receive detailed coverage, and all entries contain references to the ancient sources. Brief biographies of Alexander himself and his father, Philip II, are also included.This book will open up new perspectives for all interested in Alexander 's reign, from scholars to general readers.For information, news, and content from Blackwell 's reference publishing program please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/reference/
Main Description
This book contains concise biographies of over 800 individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander. Covers significant figures, ranging from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign The only complete collection of its kind in English Gives complete and balanced biographies, extending beyond the death of Alexander in 323 BC where relevant Contains a full index and a concordance giving the variant names found in the ancient sources
Main Description
This book contains concise biographies of over 800 individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander. Covers significant figures, ranging from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign The only complete collection of its kind in English. Gives complete and balanced biographies, extending beyond the death of Alexander in 323 BC where relevant. Contains a full index and a concordance giving the variant names found in the ancient sources.
Main Description
This book contains concise biographies of over 800 individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander. Covers significant figures, ranging from leading commanders in Alexanders army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign The only complete collection of its kind in English Gives complete and balanced biographies, extending beyond the death of Alexander in 323 BC where relevant Contains a full index and a concordance giving the variant names found in the ancient sources
Table of Contents
Introductionp. vi
Chronological Tablep. x
Ancient Authorsp. xiii
Multi-Volume Reference Worksp. xvi
Modern Worksp. xviii
Map of Alexander's campaigns, 334-323 BCp. xxiv
A to Zp. 273
Anonymous Individuals: Womenp. 274
Anonymous Individuals: Menp. 279
Notesp. 285
Appendixp. 345
Glossaryp. 348
Concordancep. 353
Bibliographyp. 359
Stemmatap. 376
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