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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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Originality and its Limits in the Alexander Sources of the Early Empire

Originality and its Limits in the Alexander Sources of the Early Empire

(p.307) 11 Originality and its Limits in the Alexander Sources of the Early Empire
Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

John Atkinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter contextualises the major accounts of Alexander the Great's reign that were produced in the early empire and considers the writers' aspirations, their treatment of fashionable motifs and current issues, and the limits of their originality. The focal figure in the story of Rome's emergence as the dominant ‘world’ power was Pompey, but the Caearian coups made it difficult for historians to avoid demonstrating or betraying their attitude to Pompey and his rivals. These preoccupations of the period are shown to have aroused fresh interest in the Alexander period. In this context one must see the pretensions, enthusiasms, and partisanship of Diodorus, Timagenes, and Trogus, hut in writing history on a grand scale Diodorus and Timagenes seem to have found little of great originality to say about Alexander.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, empires, Macedon, Pompey, Rome, Diodorus, Timagenes, Trogus, history

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