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1st Edition

Alexander the Great and Propaganda

ISBN 9781138079106
Published March 29, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Alexander the Great and Propaganda explores the use of propaganda - whether literature, coinage, or iconography – in the court of Alexander the Great, as well as those of his Successors, demonstrating that it was as integral to Hellenistic courts as it was to Imperial Rome.

This volume brings together ten essays from leading international scholars in Alexander studies. There is currently no equivalent collection which has a specialist focus of themes or issues relating to the use of propaganda in the courts of Alexander or his Successors.

This book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Alexander studies, as well as those studying the use of propaganda across the ancient world, and to the more general reader with an interest in Alexander the Great and his reign.

Table of Contents

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List of Contributors




1. "Selling Alexander": the Concept and Use of ‘Propaganda’ in the Age of Alexander

Elizabeth Baynham

2. Alexander the Great: A Life Lived as Legend

Edward M. Anson

3. Ptolemaic Propaganda in Alexander’s Visit to Ammon

Frances Pownall

4. The ‘Pursuit’ of Kings: Imitatio Alexandri in Arrian’s Darius and Bessos ‘Chase Scenes’

Timothy Howe

5. The Bias of Hieronymus: A Source Critical Analysis of Diodorus 18.8-18

John Walsh

6. At the Court of Antigonus Gonatas, the Heir of two Dynasties

Franca Landucci

7. Alexander at Naqš-i Rustam? Persia and the Macedonians

Sabine Müller

8. The Man Who Would be King: Alexander Between Gaugamela and Persepolis

Hugh Bowden

9. Desertions and the Rise and Fall of Rulers in Hellenistic Macedonia

Joseph Roisman

10. Coinage as Propaganda: Alexander and His Successors

Pat Wheatley & Charlotte Dunn



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John Walsh is Assistant Professor in the School of Languages and Literatures (Classical Studies), University of Guelph, Canada.

Elizabeth Baynham is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia.