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Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction$
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A. B. Bosworth and E. J. Baynham

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198152873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152873.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

Brian Bosworth

Oxford University Press

This book analyses and explains some of the huge body of romance that has adhered to the historical Alexander the Great of Macedon and addresses the perennial problems of kingship and imperialism. It argues that the historical tradition of the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century can shed light on the actions of Alexander in the far east (and vice versa), and also introduces some basic issues of imperial ideology — attitudes towards the subject peoples and justification of conquest. The dark side of monarchy is also explored by looking at conspiracies in the Macedonian and Persian courts, along with the political impact of panhellenism, Alexander's concept of kingship, the basic authenticity of Diodorus's description of Hephaestion's pyre, Alexander's death, and the exchanges between Alexander and his senior general Parmenio.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, kingship, imperialism, Mexico, conquest, Macedon, conspiracies, monarchy, panhellenism, Hephaestion

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