By A. B. Bosworth
During this examine, Bosworth seems to be at Alexander the Great's actions in relevant Asia and Pakistan, drawing a bleak photograph of bloodbath and repression reminiscent of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. He investigates the evolution of Alexander's perspectives of empire and notion of common monarch, and files the illustration of Alexander by way of historians of antiquity. The ebook is directed to experts and basic readers alike.
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19. 41. i\ cf. Plut. Eum. 16. 7 ('war's athletes, as it were, without a defeat or a fall up to that time'); Justin 14. 2. 6. 77 Diod. 19. 43. 2, again confirmed by Plut. Eum. 16. 8-9. On Hieronymus as the source of the information see Hornblower, Hieronymus 190-3. 78 Diod. 19. 16. 1. Cf. R. H. Simpson, Historia 6 (1957) 504-5; Hornblower, Hieronymus 125-6. 28 The Shield of Achilles native irregulars. It was sixteen months before they were finally overrun by direct assault. These men were dangerous and none of them more than Alexander himself.
52 This was a massacre, brilliantly planned and ruthlessly executed, and massacre regularly marked the major victories of Alexander. The battle of the Granicus ended with the envelopment and virtual annihilation of the Persian mercenary infantry, while at Issus the pursuit of the vast 49 Arr. 5. 17. 3; Curt. 8. 14. 29. The cleaver is only mentioned by Curtius, but his source was apparently well informed about Indian customs (cf. 8. 14. 10—12), and there is no reason to reject such a circumstantial detail.
7. 18. 5 = FGrH 139 F 54), and he allegedly claimed in his preface that he began his history in his eightyfourth year ([Luc] Macr. 22 = FGrH 139 T 3). For a brief characterization of his work see Bosworth, HCA i. 27-9; fuller treatments in Pearson, LHA 150-87 and Pedech, Historiens compagnons 331-405. 4 I attacked this approach twenty years ago in my early paper 'Arrian and the Alexander Vulgate', Entretiens Hardt 22 (1976) 1-9, with some success. However, the belief that Arrian and Ptolemy were based on an original archive dies hard (below, n.
Alexander and the East: The Tragedy of Triumph by A. B. Bosworth