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Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

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Dreams of Alexander

Dreams of Alexander

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(p.33) 1 Dreams of Alexander
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The Classics and Colonial India
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Phiroze Vasunia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.003.0002

Alexander the Great is the subject of two chapters in the book. In this first chapter, the author examines mainly European responses to Alexander from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Among the influential writers discussed are the historians J. G. Droysen and George Grote. But it was not only historians who reflected on Alexander, for geographers such as James Rennell and other British administrators also tried to determine the details of his journey. The perceived threat of a Russian invasion underlined the strategic importance of Alexander’s route in the north-west frontier regions, and many British writers sought to ascertain the ancient conqueror’s footsteps. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Kafiristan and Alexander’s role in Rudyard Kipling’s story ‘The Man Who Would Be King’.

Keywords:   alexander the great, droysen, grote, james rennell, rudyard kipling, kafiristan, north-west frontier

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