Tag Archives: Arrian

They “do not remain there entirely of their own will”

The conference call on Arrian Book 4 & 5 in Andre’s group had an interesting “side topic” discussion on people left to provide a garrison for Alexander’s empire. I thought a post to continue that topic would be worthwhile since it seemed the discu… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great: to boldly go

I have been meaning to post about this article regarding an intended TV series in 1964, starring William Shatner as Alexander and Adam West as Cleander. The link contains several YouTube clips from the series pilot, which was eventually released a… 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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The oracle of Ammon

Chapters 3 and 4 of Book Three cover Alexander’s visit to the shrine of Ammon, but questions raised by this trip linger long after the close of these chapters. Even though Arrian provides detail about the journey, full of marvels and supernatura… Continue reading

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Was Alexander reckless?

Posted by Bill Swislow, member of the Arrian reading group 2 Thinking about Alexander’s risk taking, it seems fair to say that by our standards his behavior is reckless on the face of it. After all, as pointed out on a recent call, our political l… Continue reading

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