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By Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman

Many vital concerns surrounding Alexander the Great's conquest have captured the curiosity of students and normal readers on account that antiquity. This publication, that is meant as an informative significant other for students and nonspecialist alike, acquaints us with those matters and their present interpretations, and opens up new instructions of research because it confronts them. It covers a wide variety of issues: the ancients' representations of the king in literature and artwork; Alexander's family members with Greeks, Macedonians, and the peoples of Asia; the army, political, sociological and cultural features of his campaigns; the exploitation of his biography and the myths approximately him by way of historic philosophers to argue an ethical aspect or by way of smooth groups in and out of doors the Balkans to verify or contest ethnic and nationwide identities.

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As noted earlier, Cleitarchus' history was likely the basis for three of our extant historians, who offer alternative accounts to the heavily pro-Alexander history of Arrian. It is true that one finds a more tyrannical Alexander in the pages of Diodorus, Justin and Curtius~which may have ultimately derived from Cleitarchus' own portrayal. 21), not one Alexander historian has anything bad to say about Ptolemy. It seems worthwhile to conclude this sub-section of the chapter with a pertinent example of Ptolemy's domination of the Alexander tradition.

On Alexander and Ammon, see Bosworth in Kinzl 1977: 51-75; Kienast in Will 1988: 309-33. 13). 3) were unruly in assemblies and frequently jeered at Alexander's proclamation. 67 It seems unlikely that Ptolemy himself was averse to the idea of Alexander's divine paternity. 5), animals which were directly associated with Ammon,68 implying that the god himself was guiding Alexander to his source of revelation. As there is an alternative tradition, ultimately deriving from Callisthenes (FGrH 138 F 14) which claims that ravens acted as escorts, it seems highly likely that Ptolemy was deliberately favouring Ammon's cult.

It is true that one finds a more tyrannical Alexander in the pages of Diodorus, Justin and Curtius~which may have ultimately derived from Cleitarchus' own portrayal. 21), not one Alexander historian has anything bad to say about Ptolemy. It seems worthwhile to conclude this sub-section of the chapter with a pertinent example of Ptolemy's domination of the Alexander tradition. In 330 BC one of Alexander's most powerful generals, Philotas, was convicted of conspiracy to assassinate the king and executed.

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