Educating Alexander: Argead Elite Culture in Ancient Texts

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This chapter discusses the ancient literary evidence for Alexander’s education, arguing that it was a theme in written discourse throughout antiquity and therefore should be subject to literary analysis before a historical reconstruction may take place. The first section argues against the notion that Plutarch’s Life of Alexander represents the only valuable account of Alexander’s youth by comparing Plutarch’s account with that of the Alexander Romance, as well as a range of other texts (Aeschines, Aelian, and Plutarch’s other works). The second section outlines six literary formats in which authors presented their content to discover the standard ways of expressing the theme. The third section provides three case studies of minor topics that corroborate the key literary tendencies traced throughout this chapter, namely (1) the early origin of tales; (2) the importance of less frequent topics; and (3) the innovation of later periods.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Courts of Philip II and Alexander the Great: Monarchy and Power in Ancient Macedonia
RedaktørerSulochana Asirvatham, Sabine Müller, Frances Pownall
ForlagDe Gruyter
StatusAfsendt - 21 apr. 2020
BegivenhedThe Courts of Philip II and Alexander the Great: Monarchy and Power in Ancient Macedonia - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Varighed: 2 maj 20184 apr. 2020

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KonferenceThe Courts of Philip II and Alexander the Great: Monarchy and Power in Ancient Macedonia
LokationUniversity of Alberta
LandCanada
ByEdmonton
Periode02/05/201804/04/2020

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