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The Roman Alexander : readings a cultural myth

Author: Diana Spencer
Publisher: Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2002.
Series: Exeter studies in history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book seizes on one of the eternal objects of widespread attention in ancient history and turns the tabels on the scholarship that has shaped and dominated the field." "Instead of scrutinizing the documents in order to reconstruct the biography and assess the historical significance, Diana Spencer traces the deployment and development of the mythical figure of Alexander. She explores and synthesizes a selection  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Spencer, Diana, 1969-
Roman Alexander.
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606877650
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, Makedonien König III.; Alexander den store; Alexander, Makedonien König; Alexander, the Great
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Spencer
ISBN: 0859896773 9780859896771 0859896781 9780859896788
OCLC Number: 67379948
Description: xxiv, 277 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Empty Bottle --
Reading Alexander --
The Roman World --
Alexander's Journey --
History into Story --
What's in a Name? --
Alexander and the Successors: Making History --
Rome and the 'East': Cultural Context --
The Legacy of the Punic Wars --
Rome in the First Century BCE --
Augustus and the Succession --
History and Identity --
Readings--Alexander Rex --
Alexander v. Rome? What if ... --
Plain Speaking: Autocracy and Freedom of Speech --
Flattery and Excess: The Collapse of Language --
Readings--Living Fast, Dying Young ... --
Drinking-Up Time --
Angry Young Man ... --
Readings--Imaging Alexander --
Words, Memory and Myth: The Making of Kings --
Frontiers, Limits and a Rhetoric of Conquest: Acknowledging the Power of Words --
Africa Dreaming ... --
Autocracy--The Roman Alexander Complex --
Style of Command --
Alexander and Pre-Augustan Rome --
Clementia: The Power of Forgiveness --
Succession and Dynastic Ambitions --
Divinity --
Uncharted Waters: Alexander in the Principate --
Image and Identity: Velleius and Statius --
Eastward Ambitions: The Politics of Victory --
What happens when a Roman goes East? --
Degeneracy --
Fortunes of War --
Mutiny! --
Alexander after Alexander --
Conjuring with Alexander --
Modern Alexanders.
Series Title: Exeter studies in history.
Responsibility: Diana Spencer.
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Instead of scrutinising the documents in order to reconstruct the biography and assess the historical significance, this book traces the deployment and development of the mythical figure of Alexander.

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