By Professor of Classics Joseph Roisman
Many very important concerns surrounding Alexander the Great's conquest have captured the curiosity of students and normal readers because antiquity. This e-book, 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 diversity of subject matters: 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 points of his campaigns; the exploitation of his biography and the myths approximately him by means of old philosophers to argue an ethical element or by means of smooth groups in and out of doors the Balkans to verify or contest ethnic and nationwide identities.
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Both histories are not without their problems, which is partly the inevitable result of a need for brevity. 42 In Justin's case his selectivity is presumably driven by a stated aim of only including material which offered pleasurable reading, or served to provide a moral (Just. Praif'. 4). However, although modern criticism of both these authors remains endemic, we would do well to remember that we would be a lot poorer without either of them (especially Diodorus) and it is only fair to approach both of them in terms of what they themselves were trying to achieve.
What conclusions can we draw from this analysis? As Fortuna is a major literary theme of Curtius', one explanation is that the Roman historian altered the traditional response to suit his own ends. Diodorus' account of the battle with Porus has been lost, and because he is thought to have been probably closest to the Vulgate's shared tradition, it is difficult to know what Curtius has faithfully reproduced from his source, and what he has changed or embellished. Likewise, any attempt to identify the sources of all three writers can only be 26 ELIZABETH BAYNHAM speculative.
94 with Worthington 1992: 263; Hyper. Epitaph. 21; Dem. col. 33; on the latter see now Whitehead 2000 455 57. 12; cf. Athen. 251 B) that Demades put forward a proposal in the Athenian Assemby declaring Alexander a thirteenth god is considered late and unreliable; see Bosworth Conquest and Empire 1988: 289. According to Plutarch (Mor. 842 D) the Athenian statesman Lycurgus exclaimed that the new god's worshippers would have to purify themselves after every act of worship; elsewhere at Sparta, tradition credits a certain Damis with the laconic remark, "If Alexander wishes to be a god, let him be a god" (Ael.