Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great offers a considerable range of topics, of interest to students and academics alike, in the long tradition of this subject’s significant impact, across a sometimes surprising and comprehensive variety of areas. Arguably no other historical figure has cast such a long shadow for so long a time. Every civilisation touched by the Macedonian Conqueror, along with many more that he never imagined, has scrambled to “own” some part of his legacy. This volume canvasses a comprehensive array of these receptions, beginning from Alexander’s own era and journeying up to the present, in order to come to grips with the impact left by this influential but elusive figure.
K. R. Moore, PhD (2003), University of St. Andrews, is Senior Lecturer in the History of Ideas at Teesside University. He has published monographs and journal articles on Ancient Greek History, including Sex and the Second-Best City (Routledge, 2005).
Contributors are: Sulochana Asirvatham, Elizabeth Baynham, Meir Ben Shahar, Reinhold Bichler, Alastair Blanshard, Barbara Blythe, Margaret Butler, Ada Cohen, Giulio Celotto, Corinne Jouanno, Kyle Erickson, Agnieszka Fulińska, Dawn Gilley, John Holton, Corinne Jouanno, Aleksandra Klęczar, Elias Koulakiotis, Alexander McAuley, Rachel Mairs, K. R. Moore, Alexandra Morris, Federicomaria Muccioli, James Mullen, Sabine Müller, Jacob Nabel, Krzysztof Nawotka, Olga Palagia, Jaakkojuhani Peltonen, Terry Ryan, Giuseppe Squillace, Guendalina D.M. Taietti, Shane Wallace, Jason Warren, Joseph Wiesehöfer, Agnieszka Wojciechowska.
"The present volume will no doubt help researchers and students in search of new horizons for Alexander’s ‘superlative legacy’ (...) it certainly succeeds in conveying the richness of Alexander’s receptions in world history. (...) Wallace’s result prompts future scholarship to move beyond the basic paradigm of positive and negative receptions, because we now know that much more was at stake in terms of self-presentation whenever people appropriated Alexander. (...) Students and researchers will find points of interest in individual papers, especially Bichler’s chapter on past scholarship, so the volume will be useful for teaching purposes." - Christian Thrue Djurslev, in: BMCR 2019.04.19
"The volume is (...) aimed at a wide audience, consisting of anyone who is interested in Alexander the Great and his later reception (spanning Ancient, Medieval, Early-Modern and (post)Modern History), including university students, academic scholars but perhaps also casual readers. (...) The chapters are mostly inviting, well documented (good bibliographies concluding all chapters), and often challenge our own views. (...) this volume constitutes a worthwhile addition to the still expanding Alexander-bibliography. The index concluding the volume, moreover, adds to its practicality." - Jan P. Stronk, in: CJ-Online 2019.09.07
"Moore's volume is a real attempt to answer the great need for a book which would cover the history of the reception of Alexander the Great. It assembles impressive young and senior scholars, with a wide array of topics. (...) For all Alexander scholars and students, (...) it is a very useful book." Eran Almagor Thersites 10 (2019): 248-258
Editor’s forewordK.R. MooreList of IllustrationsList of Contributors
Ancient Greek, Roman and Persian Receptions
1 Framing the DebateK.R. Moore 2 Attic Orators on Alexander the GreatElias Koulakiotis 3 The Reception of Alexander’s Father Philip II of MacedonSabine Müller 4 The Reception of Alexander in the Ptolemaic DynastyJohn Holton 5 Alexander after Alexander: Macedonian Propaganda and Historical Memory in Ptolemy and Aristobulus’ WritingsGiuseppe Squillace 6 The Reception of Alexander the Great in Hellenistic ArtOlga Palagia 7 Metalexandron: Receptions of Alexander in the Hellenistic and Roman WorldsShane Wallace 8 Alexander between Rome and Persia: Politics, Ideology, and HistoryJacob Nabel 9 Beyond Persianization: The Adoption of Near Eastern Traditions by Alexander the GreatJames Mullen 10 Sons of Heracles: Antony and Alexander in the Late RepublicKyle Erickson 11 The Ambivalent Model: Alexander in the Greek World between Politics and Literature (1st Century BC / beg. 1st Century AD)Federicomaria Muccioli 12 The Latin Alexander: Roman Power, Imperialism, and Alexander the GreatDawn Gilley 13 Alexander the Great in Seneca’s Works and in Lucan’s Bellum CivileGiulio Celotto 14 Plutarch’s AlexanderSulochana Asirvatham
Later Receptions in the Near- and Far-East and the Romance Tradition
15 Alexander in the Jewish tradition: From Second Temple Writings to Hebrew Alexander RomancesAleksandra Klęczar 16 Jews, Samaritans and Alexander: Facts and Fictions in Jewish Stories on the Meeting of Alexander and the High PriestMeir Ben-Shahar 17 The Reception of Alexander the Great in Roman, Byzantine and Early Modern EgyptAgnieszka Wojciechowska and Krzysztof Nawotka 18 Byzantine Views on Alexander the GreatJuanno Corrine 19 The Church Fathers and Their Reception of AlexanderJaakkojuhani Peltonen 20 Medieval and Renaissance Italian Receptions of the Alexander Romance TraditionBarbara Blythe 21 Syriac and Persian Versions of the Alexander RomanceKrzysztof Nawotka
“Modern” and Postmodern Receptions
22 The Men Who Would be Alexander: Alexander the Great and His Graeco-Bactrian Successors in the RajRachael Mairs 23 Receptions of Alexander in Johann Gustav DroysenJoseph Wiesehöfer 24 “The Unmanly Ruler”: Bagoas, Alexander’s Eunuch Lover, Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy, and Alexander ReceptionElizabeth Baynham and Terry Ryan 25 Alexander’s Image in German, Anglo-American and French Scholarship from the Aftermath of World War I to the Cold WarReinhold Bichler 26 Alexander as Glorious Failure: The Case of Robert Rossen’s Alexander the Great (1956)Alastair Blanshard 27 Go East, Young Man: Adventuring in the Spirit of AlexanderMargaret Butler 28 The Great Misstep: The Legacy of Alexander the Great & PersepolisAlexander McAuley 29 Avoiding Afghanistan: An Absent Insight from AlexanderJason Warren 30 The Artist as Art Historian: Some Modern Works on AlexanderAda Cohen 31 Alexander the Great Screaming Out for Hellenicity: Greek Songs and Political DissentGuendalina D.M. Taietti 32 “Nobody Can Consider His Condition in Life Superior to Yours”: The Reception of the Ancient Disabled and Alexander the GreatAlexandra MorrisIndex
Any who are interested in Alexander the Great and his later reception spanning Ancient, Medieval, Early-Modern and (post)Modern History, including university students, academic scholars and even some casual readers.