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The Alexander Romance : history and literature / edited by Richard Stoneman, Krzystof Nawotka & Agnieszka Wojciechowska.

Publication:
Groningen : Barkhuis & Groningen University Library, 2018.
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Book
xv, 322 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Series:
Ancient narrative. Supplementum ; 25.
Ancient narrative. Supplementum ; 25
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Subjects:
Literature.
Romances.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- Romances -- History and criticism.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- In literature.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
"The 'Alexander Romance' is a difficult text to define and to assess justly. From its earliest days it was an open text, which was adapted into a variety of cultures with meanings that themselves vary, and yet seem to carry a strong undercurrent of homogeneity: Alexander is the hero who cannot become a god, and who encapsulates the desires and strivings of the host cultures. The papers assembled in this volume, which were originally presented at a conference at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, in October 2015, all face the challenge of defining the 'Alexander Romance'. Some focus on quite specific topics while others address more overarching themes. They form a cohesive set of approaches to the delicate positioning of the text between history and literature. From its earliest elements in Hellenistic Egypt, to its latest reworkings in the Byzantine and Islamic Middle East, the Alexander Romance shows itself to be a work that steadily engages with such questions as kingship, the limits of human (and Greek) nature, and the purpose of history. The Romance began as a history, but only by becoming literature could it achieve such a deep penetration of east and west."--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction : on using literature for history VII / Richard Stoneman
Alexander 'the new Sesonchosis' : an early Hellenistic propagandist fiction and its possible background / Ivan Ladynin
The fantastic four : Alexander, Sesonchosis, Ninus and Semiramis / Yvona Trnka-Amrhein
The Alexander Romance and the rise of paradoxography / Richard Stoneman
The king and the wizard : Apollonius of Tyana in the Iskandarnāma of Nizāmi Ganjavi (1141-1209) / Haila Manteghi
Alexander in the Indies / Daniel Selden
The Alexander Romance and the Hellenistic political economy / Graham Oliver
Alexander's circuit of the Mediterranean in the Alexander Romance / Benjamin Garstad
History into literature in the account of the Campaign of Gaugamela in the Alexander Romance / Krzysztof Nawotka
Intertextuality through translation : the foundation of Alexandria and Virgil in Julius Valerius' Alexander Romance / Hartmut Wulfram
"Joining the gods" : Alexander at the Euphrates; Arrian 7.27.3, Metz Epitome 101-102 and the Alexander Romance / Elizabeth Baynham
Revisiting Alexander's gates against 'Gog and Magog' : observations on the testimonies before the Alexander Romance tradition / Christian Thrue Djurslev
The universal rule of Alexander in Tamid 32: an overview / Aleksandra Klȩczar
Alexander Romance and Byzantine world chronicles : history cross-fertilized by fiction and the reverse / Corinne Jouanno
Alexander at the Buyid Court / Emily Cottrell.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contributor:
Stoneman, Richard, editor, author.
Nawotka, Krzysztof, editor, author.
Wojciechowska, Agnieszka, editor.
ISBN:
9492444712
9789492444714
OCLC:
1044980009