By Frank L. Holt
To all those that witnessed his striking conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the nice seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the idea that he loved divine desire and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L. Holt's soaking up publication.
Solid proof for the ''supernaturalized'' Alexander lies in a unprecedented sequence of medallions that depict the effective younger king at warfare 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 occasionally perilous conditions, those historical artifacts have lengthy lively the trendy historic debate approximately Alexander. Holt's ebook, the 1st dedicated to the secret of those historic 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 struggle. the result's a invaluable research of Alexander background and delusion, a brilliant account of numismatics, and a spellbinding inspect the age-old mechanics of megalomania.
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2 (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1930), pp. 150–52, 291. 31. Frank Holt, Alexander the Great and Bactria: The Formation of a Greek Frontier in Central Asia (Leiden: Brill, 1988). 32. 11; and Plutarch Alex. 6. 14 / Man of Mystery Macedonian military settlements that threatened the traditional politics, economy, and culture of Bactria and its environs, fresh resistance stirred under the able leadership of a native named Spitamenes. The situation turned catastrophic. Alexander’s troops began to tire, and the complaints of some of his closest companions created new tensions that sometimes led to executions.
32. 11; and Plutarch Alex. 6. 14 / Man of Mystery Macedonian military settlements that threatened the traditional politics, economy, and culture of Bactria and its environs, fresh resistance stirred under the able leadership of a native named Spitamenes. The situation turned catastrophic. Alexander’s troops began to tire, and the complaints of some of his closest companions created new tensions that sometimes led to executions. Alexander pressed on through three hard years of guerrilla ﬁghting.
Short of time travel, the past no longer exists for direct observation. Like those who investigate other singular (rather than recurring) phenomena, such as human evolution or the extinction of dinosaurs, the emphasis in training and research must be on the surviving evidence and how it should be processed into reliable theories about what can no longer be seen. This holds true, of course, for both literary and material evidence. Ar- 42. The standard reference is still Lionel Pearson, The Lost Histories of Alexander the Great (London: American Philological Association, 1960).
Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions by Frank L. Holt