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Three historians of Alexander the Great : the so-called Vulgate authors, Diodorus, Justin, and Curtius

Author: N G L Hammond
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983.
Series: Cambridge classical studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Our knowledge of Alexander the Great is derived from the widely varying accounts of five authors who wrote three and more centuries after his death. The value of each account can be determined in detail only by discovering the source from which it drew, section by section, whether from a contemporary document, a memoir by a companion of Alexander, a hostile critique or a romanticizing narrative. In this book the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Diodorus, Siculus.; Marcus Junianus Justinus; Quintus Curtius Rufus; Alexander, King of Macedonia.; Alexandre, le Grand.; Diodore, de Sicile.; Justin; Quinte-Curce.; Alexandre, (roi de Macédoine ;; Diodore de Sicile; Justin, (historien ;; Quinte-Curce; Alexander, the Great; Diodorus, Siculus.; Marcus Junianus Justinus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: N G L Hammond
ISBN: 0521254515 9780521254519
OCLC Number: 9619967
Description: xi, 205 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The sources of Diodorus Siculus 17.1-63 and 87-88 --
2. The sources of Diodorus Siculus 17.64-86 and 17.89-118 --
3. The sources of Justin's account of Alexander (9.5.8-13.1) --
4. The sources of Curtius 3-6 --
5. The sources of Curtius 7-10 --
6. Some general conclusions.
Series Title: Cambridge classical studies.
Responsibility: N.G.L. Hammond.
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Abstract:

Our knowledge of Alexander the Great is derived from the widely varying accounts of five authors who wrote three and more centuries after his death. The value of each account can be determined in detail only by discovering the source from which it drew, section by section, whether from a contemporary document, a memoir by a companion of Alexander, a hostile critique or a romanticizing narrative. In this book the three earliest accounts are studied in depth, and it becomes apparent that each author used more than one source, and that only occasionally did any two of them or all three use the same source for an incident or a series of incidents. This book will be of value to ancient historians and of interest also to those studying Alexander the Great.

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