Alexander the Great : Selections from Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius, Paperback

Alexander the Great : Selections from Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius Paperback

Edited by James S. Romm

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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 the central controversies surrounding his personality, aims and intentions.

This edition includes a timeline, maps, a bibliography, a glossary, and an index.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, Timeline; maps; bibliography; glossary; index
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
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  • ISBN: 9780872207271



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This reader attempts to assemble the sources in such a way that a coherent chronological account of the life of Alexander emerges, and I think succeeds in this attempt. Liberal footnotes are provided as well as accounts from alternate sources when their stories are widely divergent. Arrian serves as the principle historian with supplemental material from others including Plutarch, Quintus Curtius, and Diodorus.