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Alexander the Great : from his death to the present day

Author: John Boardman
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alexander's defeat of the Persian Empire in 331 BC captured the popular imagination, inspiring an endless series of stories and representations that emerged shortly after his death and continues today. An art historian and archaeologist, Boardman draws on his deep knowledge of Alexander and the ancient world to reflect on the most interesting and emblematic depictions of this towering historical figure.0Some of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Legends
Biographies
Art
History
Biography
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, Makedonien König
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Boardman
ISBN: 9780691181752 0691181756
OCLC Number: 1056198669
Description: x, 160 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
His biographers --
His body and burial --
The Alexander portraits in antiquity --
The Alexander romances in the Middle Ages --
The Persian Alexander/Iskander --
The Indian Alexander --
The Alexander story in the Renaissance and down to the present day --
Alexander, star of film, stage, and novel --
Fellow travellers, Marco Polo to TV --
Envoi.
Responsibility: John Boardman.

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Alexander's defeat of the Persian Empire in 331 BC captured the popular imagination, inspiring an endless series of stories and representations that emerged shortly after his death and continues today. An art historian and archaeologist, Boardman draws on his deep knowledge of Alexander and the ancient world to reflect on the most interesting and emblematic depictions of this towering historical figure.0Some of the stories in this book relate to historical events associated with Alexander's military career and some to the fantasy that has been woven around him, and Boardman relates each with his customary verve and erudition. From Alexander's biographers in ancient Greece to the illustrated Alexander "Romances" of the Middle Ages to operas, films, and even modern cartoons, this generously illustrated volume takes readers on a fascinating cultural journey as it delivers a perfect pairing of subject and author.

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