Alexander The Great In Fact And Fiction by A. B. Bosworth, E. J. Baynham

By A. B. Bosworth, E. J. Baynham

Вокруг имени Александра Македонского сложилось множество легенд. Эта работа представляет собой подборку исследований крупных западных историков, в которых производится попытка отделить правду от вымысла.

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19: Maudslay 1908–16: i. 72; Cohen 1963: 47. For discussion and bibliography (to which add Lane Fox 1996; Le Rider 1995–6: 856) see Bosworth 1996a: 6–8, 166–9. The epithet ån≤khtoß was particularly associated with Alexander’s purported forefather, Heracles (Tyrtaeus F 8. 1 Diehl; Diod. 8. 9. 1; App. BC 2. 76). That helps explain Alexander’s interest in it from his earliest years. 11 Hyp Dem. col. 32; cf. Din. 1. 94; Athen. 6. 251b; Ael. VH 5. 12. On the background see Badian 1981: 54–9, Bosworth 1988b: 288–9; Habicht 1995: 41–6 and the rationalizing interpretation of Cawkwell 1994: 301–6.

We need not explore his motives here. What matters is the consequences. Alexander sent the satrap of 67 Arr. 6. 15. 5–7; Curt. 9. 8. 8–10; Diod. 17. 102. 5. lvxandroß ka≥ t¶n c*ran. 69 Strabo 15. 1. 34 (701) = Onesicritus FGrH 134 F 24. On this passage see Brown 1949b: 54–61; Pearson 1960: 102–3; Pédech 1984: 114–23. 70 The text is difficult and perhaps defective. On reading and interpretation see Bosworth 1996a: 85–6. 71 The similarities almost prove the rule; the comparisons Onesicritus made were with the least typical of Greek states, Sparta and Crete.

174: Maudslay v. 1–2. Díaz adds that Cortés was excited by reports that the land was rich in gold mines. All the more reason for him to take the most direct route. Gómara (Simpson 1965: 338) has an interesting story of the royal officers in Mexico attempting to dissuade Cortés from the journey because of the danger of insurrection during his absence. ’ It is strongly reminiscent of Alexander’s briefing on the perils of the Makran. 41 Pagden 1986: 339. 34 Brian Bosworth In the event it nearly killed him.

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