Posts tagged Alexander the Great and Achilles
How Reliable is Arrian's Account of Alexander's Personality?

Arrian primarily relied on the accounts of Ptolemy (Alexander's childhood friend, soldier in his army, and ruler of Egypt after Alexander's death) and Aristobulus (an engineer who worked for Alexander). Both of these men knew Alexander personally and were present for much of his campaign, unlike other contemporaries of Alexander who wrote their own accounts.

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Did Alexander the Great Really Idolize Achilles?

Oxford historian Robin Lane Fox, whose biography of Alexander was the primary inspiration behind Oliver Stone's film Alexander, has long maintained that Alexander the Great saw himself as a kind of "new Achilles". Many other scholars agree with Fox that the myth of Achilles played a key role in Alexander's public persona and personal motivation. But are they right?

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