By Frank L. Holt
To all those that witnessed his amazing conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the nice seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the assumption that he loved divine want and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L. Holt's soaking up publication.
Solid facts for the ''supernaturalized'' Alexander lies in a unprecedented sequence of medallions that depict the victorious younger king at conflict opposed to the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India on the conflict of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and infrequently perilous situations, those historical artifacts have lengthy lively the trendy old debate approximately Alexander. Holt's publication, the 1st dedicated to the secret of those old medallions, takes us into the heritage in their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable evidence in their manufacture and that means, and, finally, into the king's personal psyche and his scary theology of warfare. the result's a priceless research of Alexander background and fable, a shiny account of numismatics, and a spellbinding investigate the age-old mechanics of megalomania.
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English translations of these sources are available in various Loeb and Penguin editions; for Justin, see J. C. , Justin: Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus: Books 11–12, Alexander the Great (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997). The Greek Alexander Romance is generally attributed to Pseudo-Callisthenes. 39. Leo, The History of Alexander’s Battles: Historia de preliis, the J1 Version, trans. R. Telfryn Pritchard (Toronto: Pontiﬁcal Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1992). 40 In this case, Alexander disguised himself as a common soldier and inﬁltrated Porus’s camp.
1). This man, Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, a wealthy official of the British Museum and an archaeological scholar of at least the second rank in that illustrious gathering of intellectuals, would soon have his part to play in a mysterious discovery worthy of an eventful year in archaeology. For at that moment, far away in Central Asia, the rushing waters of the Oxus River (the modern Amu Darya) were hauling away with Schliemannic zeal the millennial accretions of Darwin’s worms from atop a most astonishing treasure.
Earthworm Ecology from Darwin to Vermiculture (London: Chapman & Hall, 1983). An interesting defense of Darwin’s last book was made on the centennial of his death by Stephen J. Gould, republished from the pages of Natural History (April 1982), in Hen’s Teeth and Horses’ Toes (New York: Norton, 1983), pp. 120–33. 2. 111–12. ”3 From Babylon to a bunghole, the trail of Alexander’s remains allegedly passed through the intestines of worms and taught the world a humbling lesson about the transience of all earthly glory.