This exciting new edition is an indispensable guide for undergraduates to the study of Alexander the Great, showing the problems of the ancient source material, and making it clear that there is no single approach to be taken.
The twelve thematic chapters contain a broad selection of the most significant published articles about Alexander, examining the main areas of debate and discussion:
- The Sources
- Alexander’s Influences and the Macedonian Background
- Alexander’s Aims
- Alexander’s Battles and Generalship
- Alexander and the Greeks
- Alexander and the Persian Empire
- Alexander, India and the Gedrosian Desert
- From Mass Marriage to Death
- Alexander and the ‘Unity of Mankind’
- Alexander and Deification
- Alexander and Conspiracies
- Alexander: The ‘Great’?
The Reader has the distinctive feature of translating a substantial number of the more inaccessible primary sources; each chapter is also prefaced with a succinct introduction to the topic under consideration.
Table of Contents
1. The Sources 2. Alexander’s Influences and the Macedonian Background 3. Alexander’s Aims 4. Alexander’s Battles and Generalship 5. Alexander and the Greeks 6. Alexander and the Persian Empire 7. Alexander, India and the Gedrosian Desert 8. From Mass Marriage to Death 9. Alexander and the ‘Unity of Mankind’ 10. Alexander and Deification 11. Alexander and Conspiracies 12. Alexander: The ‘Great’?
Ian Worthington is Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He has published 15 sole-authored and edited books and over 100 articles and essays on Greek history, epigraphy and oratory. In 2005 he won the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in the Humanities, in 2007 the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Most Inspiring Professor Award and in 2010 the William H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award.
"This second edition constitutes a thorough revamp. Many of the newly included essays were simply written too late for the first edition; but Worthington has done much more than just take account of excellent new work, because several of the newly included essays predate the first edition. In other words, he has rethought the entire project.... Like its predecessor, the second edition is a great success and an indispensable teaching tool." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review