By Ian Worthington
Along with his unheard of conquests from Greece within the west to India within the East, Alexander the good used to be the kind of guy that legends are made up of; therein lies the matter for these learning him. Ought we to simply accept just like a rushing king having fun with a string of wonderful successes, or undertake a extra cynical review, being attentive to the entire dangers of his reign? within the gentle of the proof at our disposal, does he even should be referred to as ''Great''? This fascinating new quantity is an critical advisor for undergraduates to the learn of Alexander the good, exhibiting the issues of the traditional resource fabric, and making it transparent that there's no unmarried method of be taken. The 11 thematic chapters include a huge choice of the main major released articles approximately Alexander, analyzing the most components of discussion and discussion:the assets; Alexander's historical past; Alexander's goals; Alexander and the Greeks; Alexander and Asia; Alexander, India and the ultimate Years; Alexander as normal; Alexander and ''The harmony of Mankind''; Alexander and Deification; Alexander and Conspiracies; Alexander: The 'Great'? The Reader has the virtue of translating a considerable variety of the extra inaccessible fundamental assets; every one bankruptcy is additionally prefaced with a succinct creation to the subject into consideration.
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2. [in Bosworth, Arrian to Alexander]. 12 Athen. x. 442B = Baeton, FGrH 119 F 1; ii. 67A, xi. 5ood = Amyntas, FGrH 122 F 4, 1. See also Brunt, CQ30 (1980) 485–6 on the extant fragments of Chares of Mytilene (FGrH 125). ). 14 Polyb. xii. 17. 1–22. 7 = FGrH 124 F 35. There are detailed commentaries by P. Pédech, Polybe xii (Budé 1961), 104 ff. and Walbank, HCP ii. 364 ff. 15 On the exaggerated numbers (of cavalry and mercenaries) see Polyb. xii. 18. , and for exaggeration of the difficulties of the terrain to enhance the Macedonian achievement see particularly 18.
The political institutions of Macedon were informal and rudimentary, and there were few practical constraints on a strong king. Like his son, Philip presumably consulted an inner council of intimates on major issues of state,10 but nothing suggests that the council was anything other than advisory. 11 It is suggested that by tradition the army exercised capital jurisdiction,12 but that is a strictly limited area. Even there procedure was apparently fluid and informal, and there was certainly no body of Macedonian statute law.