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Review Article: recent travels in Alexanderland

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-148
Number of pages13
JournalJOURNAL OF HELLENIC STUDIES
Volume134
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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Abstract

This review of recent books about Alexander the Great and related topics focuses in particular on how much attention scholars have paid to the eastern aspects of the history and historiography of the period. It traces the identification of Alexander as an essentially ‘western’ figure back to the period of the Enlightenment, and shows how the work of scholars in the 18th century set the terms of the subsequent debate. It goes on to show how work on the Alexander Romance displays a far broader and inclusive range of intellectual approaches than traditional Alexander historiography, and suggests that the study of the historical Alexander would benefit from seeing Alexander as belonging in a Near Eastern context as well as a Greek or Macedonian one.

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