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Alexander the Great : myth, genesis and sexuality

Autore: Daniel Ogden
Editore: 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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Genere/forma: Biography
History
Legends
Persona incaricata: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great
Tipo materiale: Biography
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Daniel Ogden
ISBN: 9780859898386 0859898385 9780859898379 0859898377
Numero OCLC: 769007389
Riconoscimenti: Shortlisted for Runciman Award 2012.
Descrizione: x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contenuti: 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.
Responsabilità: Daniel Ogden.
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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  Per saperne di più…

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Odgen's work is quite impressive. It certainly requires a gifted mind to sift through numerous contradictory myths and make them all coherent. He has certainly risen to the task and succeeded to a Per saperne di più…

 
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