Start Date

27-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2020 10:00 AM

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Ancient Philosophy

Subjects

Alexander the Great (356 B.C.-323 B.C.) -- Campaigns -- Central Asia, Alexander the Great (356 B.C.-323 B.C.) -- Influence, Greece -- History -- Macedonian Expansion (359-323 B.C.) -- Historiography, Arrian

Abstract

Historians have long been discussing and analyzing Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander, and not just for it's valuable and rare insights on the life of Alexander the Great. In his books, Arrian appears to have a more apologetic approach when writing about Alexander. It leads the reader into thinking Alexander was a better man than he actually might have been. In this paper, I take a look at five different authors-- both fictional and nonfictional-- and how they portrayed Alexander the Great as a person. Each of the authors wrote Alexander as a noble and just person, highlighting his good deeds and actions. Based on these findings, it's clear that because Arrian is one of our last "primary" sources on Alexander, he is shown as better than he might have been.

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Apr 27th, 9:00 AM Apr 27th, 10:00 AM

The Campaigns of Alexander: How Arrian’s Character of Alexander Influences How He is Portrayed in Writing

Historians have long been discussing and analyzing Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander, and not just for it's valuable and rare insights on the life of Alexander the Great. In his books, Arrian appears to have a more apologetic approach when writing about Alexander. It leads the reader into thinking Alexander was a better man than he actually might have been. In this paper, I take a look at five different authors-- both fictional and nonfictional-- and how they portrayed Alexander the Great as a person. Each of the authors wrote Alexander as a noble and just person, highlighting his good deeds and actions. Based on these findings, it's clear that because Arrian is one of our last "primary" sources on Alexander, he is shown as better than he might have been.