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Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction Paperback – July 11, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0199252756 ISBN-10: 0199252750

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199252750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199252756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,368,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bosworth presents an excellent overview of the current state of Alexander scholarship, including the problems of the paucity of ancient source material and the bias found within what has survived...Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction is essential reading for all Alexander scholars and enthusiasts."--History: Reviews of New Books

"A necessary volume for anyone interested in the continuing and growing mountain of modern scholarship on Alexander, the Macedonians, and the Hellenistic period."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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E.J. Baynham is Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin White on April 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has studied Alexander the Great knows that he is an allusive historical figure. The primary sources do not help the inquiring historian due to their very nature. The historian has only very reliable Arrian and the questionable vulgate of Curtius Rufus, Diodorus and Justin's epitome of Pompeius Trogus with all its idiosyncracies. Anyone trying to tackle the primary sources as an introduction to Alexander historiography is in for a mind-boggling puzzle. That is why the Oxford University Press' "Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction" is so useful and a valuable addition to to any Alexander the Great fanatic's library. The book's usefulness derives from it scope in addressing various issues in Alexander historiography. Take a look at the table of contents and you will see distinguished scholars like Ernst Badian and Ernst Fredricksmeyer tackle the issues for the novice historian. In all I am please with the production and academic quality of the book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in expanding upon their layman knowledge of Alexander the Great!!
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