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Alexander the Great : myth, genesis and sexuality

Author: Daniel Ogden
Publisher: Exeter, UK : University of Exeter Press, 2011.
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Examines ancient texts for clues to Alexander the Great's parentage and birth, romantic relationships, and successors.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Legends
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Ogden
ISBN: 9780859898386 0859898385 9780859898379 0859898377
OCLC Number: 769007389
Awards: Shortlisted for Runciman Award 2012.
Description: x, 276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Son of the thunderbolt: Alexander's birth myths and their dates. The birth myths ; The lion-seal ; The thunderbolt ; The serpent sire and its tradition ; The serpent sire and the debate over Alexander's paternity ; The serpent sire and Ammon --
2. Son of the serpent: the original identity of Alexander's serpent sire. Alexander's world of serpents ; Patterns in the Alexander serpent-lore ; The original identity of the serpent sire ; The visualisation of the seduction of Olympias --
3. Son of the ram: Alexander as heir to the Macedonian foundation myths. Typologies ; Macedon ; Caranus ; Perdiccas ; Midas ; Archelaus ; The interaction of Alexander's myths with the foundation myths --
4. Son of the Eagle: the heirs to Alexander's birth myths. The opportunities offered by Alexander's birth myths ; Ptolemy Soter ; Seleucus Nicator: the foundations of Antioch and Seleuceia ; Seleucus Nicator: descent and typologies ; Seleucus Nicator: Apollo as sire ; Antigonus Monophthalmus and Demetrius Poliocetes ; Other Hellenistic dynasties and the Roman Empire ; Conclusions --
5. Son of the witch: traditions of polygamy in the Macedonian court. The polygamous structure of the Macedonian court ; Olympias and Philinna: a war of witches? ; Alexander's family: polygamy and productivity --
6. Alexander's wives: fact and tradition. Roxane ; Stateira ; Parysatis ; Barsine --
7. Alexander's dalliances: fact and tradition. Courtesans ; Sons and mothers : encounters with local queens --
8. Alexander's men: fact and tradition. The enigma of Hephaestion ; Bagoas the eunuch ; Hector --
9. Alexander the gynnis. The gynnis tale ; What was a gynnis? ; Alexander as a gynnis.
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What are ancient texts saying to us when they describe Alexander the Great's romantic relationship with his wife Barsine, or comment on his homosexual relationship with Hephaestion? What did it mean  Read more...

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