Franklin

Alexander the Great and the mystery of the elephant medallions / Frank L. Holt.

Author/Creator:
Holt, Frank Lee.
Publication:
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2003.
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 198 pages, [5] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series:
Hellenistic culture and society ; 44.
Hellenistic culture and society ; 44
Status/Location:
Loading...

Get It

Details

Subjects:
Coins, Greek.
Coins, Ancient.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- Numismatics.
Elephants in numismatics.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Numismatics.
Local subjects:
Sikkeler, Yunan. (search)
Sikkeler, Eski Çağ. (search)
Filler, nümizmatikte. (search)
Alexander, The Great, 356-323 B.C. (search)
Summary:
"To all those who witnessed his extraordinary conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the Great appeared invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance - how he abetted the belief that he enjoyed divine favor and commanded even the forces of nature against his enemies - is the subject of Frank L. Holt's book." "Solid evidence for the "supernaturalized" Alexander lies in a rare series of medallions that depict the triumphant young king at war against the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India at the battle of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and sometimes perilous circumstances, these ancient artifacts have long animated the modern historical debate about Alexander. Holt's book, the first devoted to the mystery of these ancient medallions, takes us into the history of their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable facts of their manufacture and meaning, and, ultimately, into the king's own psyche and his frightening theology of war. The result is a valuable analysis of Alexander history and myth, a vivid account of numismatics, and a look into the age-old mechanics of megalomania."--Jacket.
Contents:
Chapter 1: Man of mystery
Chapter 2: A treasure
Chapter 3: Picking a fight
Chapter 4: Whose pachyderm, whole or halved?
Chapter 5: Another treasure
Chapter 6: A closer look
Chapter 7: A dark and stormy night.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-189) and index.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
2003
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
0520238818
9780520238817
0520244834
9780520244832
OCLC:
52086203