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Alexander the Great

Selections from Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius

Alexander the Great( )
Editor: Romm, James
Translator: Romm, James
Mensch, Pamela
Introduction by: Romm, James
Author: Arrian,
Diodorus,
Plutarch,
Curtius, Quintus
Series title:Hackett Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-87220-728-8
Publication Date:Apr 2005
Publisher:Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $66.00
Book Description:

Comprising relevant selections from the four ancient writers whose portraits of Alexander the Great still survive--Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius--this volume provides a complete narrative of the important events in Alexander's life. The Introduction sets these works in historical context, stretching from the conclusion of the Peloponnesian War through Alexander's conquest of Asia, and provides an assessment of Alexander's historical importance as well as a survey of...
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Book Details
Pages:224
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Military
Biography & Autobiography / General
History / Europe / Greece
History / Ancient / Greece
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):0.9 x 21.5 x 13.9 cm
Book Weight:0.369 Kilograms
Author Biography
Arrian (Editor)
Historian, philosopher, and general, Arrian was born into a wealthy Greek family in Nicomedia, in Asia Minor. He was a pupil and friend of the philosopher Epictetus, whose lectures he published at Athens. For six years, from 131 to 137, he served as governor of Cappadocia under the emperor Hadrian. It was during this time that he successfully drove back invading Alans.

Arrian wrote several geographical and historical works, including the Indica, an account of a voyage to India. He is best known, however, as author of the Anabasis. A much praised and valuable account of the life of Alexander the Great, it is based on the writings of Ptolemy I and Aristobulus, two of Alexander's generals. He modeled the work on Anabasis of Xenophon.

Arrian died at an advanced age during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.

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