East and West in the World Empire of Alexander: Essays in Honour of Brian Bosworth

ISBN : 9780199693429

Pat Wheatley; Elizabeth Baynham
416 ページ
162 x 240 mm

The essays in this volume - written by twenty international scholars - are dedicated to Professor Brian Bosworth who has, in over forty-five years, produced arguably the most influential corpus of historical and historiographical research by one scholar. Professor Bosworth's name is often synonymous with scholarship on Alexander the Great, but his expertise also spreads far wider, as the scope of these essays demonstrates. The collection's coverage ranges from Egyptian and Homeric parallels, through Roman historiography, to Byzantine coinage. However, the life of Alexander provides the volume's central theme, and among the topics explored are the conqueror's resonance with mythological figures such as Achilles and Heracles, his divine pretensions and military display, and his motives for arresting his expedition at the River Hyphasis in India. Some of Alexander's political acts are also scrutinized, as are the identities of those supposedly present in the last symposium where, according to some sources, the fatal poison was administered to the king. Part of the collection focuses on Alexander's legacy, with seven essays examining the Successors, especially Craterus, and Ptolemy, and Alexander's ill-fated surviving dynasty, including Olympias, Eurydice, and Philip III Arrhidaeus.


List of Contributors
List of Maps and Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Brian Bosworth: An Appreciation
Works by A. B. Bosworth
1. MHNIN AEIDELTAE THETAAE: Alexander the Great and the Anger of Achilles
2. Alexander, Achilles, and Heracles: Between Myth and History
3. Callisthenes and Alexander the Invincible God
4. Why the Devil wears Prada: The Politics of Display in Military Kit in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BC
5. Alexander at the Beas
6. Alexander the Great and the Mechanici
7. From East to West: Alexander and the Exiles Decree
8. Craterus Revisited
9. Nectanebo's Seduction of Olympias and Benign Anguiform Deities of the Ancient Greek World
10. Cleopatra-Eurydice, Olympias, and a 'Weak' Alexander
11. Dynastic Loyalty and Dynastic Collapse in Macedonia
12. King Ptolemy: Centre and Periphery
13. The Crowned Ram's Head on Coins of Alexander the Great and the Rule of Ptolemy as Satrap of Egypt
14. Diadoch Chronography after Philip Arrhidaeus: Old and New Evidence
15. Polis Hellenis
16. Thapsacus and Zeugma
17. Valerius Maximus and His Presentation of Alexander the Great
18. Tacitus and the Crises of Empire
19. Legitimizing an Emperor: The Solidus of Alexander III


Pat Wheatley is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Otago, New Zealand.; Elizabeth Baynham is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.