Monthly Archives: July 2011

Arrian – Books IV & V Discussion Questions

Books IV & V include Alexander’s campaigns in Central Asia and the Indus river valleys in India spanning the years 329-326 B.C. Book IV begins at the Tanais/Iaxartes river on the western side of the Indian Caucasus mountains and ends with Alexande… Continue reading

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Arrian Book 3 Conference Call Recording (Andre’s Group)

Here’s the audio recording for the Arrian Book 3 conference call (Andre’s group). Listen online or download the mp3 file and listen to it as a podcast on your ipod. Continue reading

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Arrian: Alexander and the Greeks, burning down the house

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the paradoxical figure of Alexander continues to emerge in Book Three. I wanted to look a little at Alexander’s relationship with the Greeks, leading to the dismissal of Greek troops at Ecbatana (3.19.5-8) and th… Continue reading

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Arrian: Book Three—Gaugamela

Alexander deserves the glory which he has enjoyed for so many centuries and among all nations; but what if he had been beaten at Arbela [Gaugamela] having the Euphrates, the Tigris, and the deserts in his rear, without any strong places of refuge,… Continue reading

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Alexander, the great administrator?

Book Three sees several changes in Alexander’s administrative choices and style. To date, most of the officers installed by Alexander as he marched through Ionia and the Levant have been Macedonians friends or trustees. The exceptions in the fir… Continue reading

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