By Frank L. Holt
To all those that witnessed his amazing conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the good seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the idea that he loved divine prefer and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L. Holt's soaking up ebook.
Solid proof for the ''supernaturalized'' Alexander lies in a unprecedented sequence of medallions that depict the effective younger king at conflict opposed to the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India on the conflict of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and occasionally perilous conditions, those historical artifacts have lengthy lively the trendy ancient debate approximately Alexander. Holt's publication, the 1st dedicated to the secret of those old medallions, takes us into the background in their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable evidence in their manufacture and that means, and, eventually, into the king's personal psyche and his scary theology of warfare. the result's a necessary research of Alexander heritage and fantasy, a brilliant account of numismatics, and a spellbinding investigate the age-old mechanics of megalomania.
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Chr. (Stuttgart: Jan Thorbecke, 2000). 35. , H. H. : Cornell University Press, 1974); F. E. Adcock, The Greek and Macedonian Art of War (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957), pp. 54–56. 16 / Man of Mystery promised were the ends of the inhabited earth. But the king found a different outcome instead, on the banks of the Hyphasis River, where his exhausted army balked at further conquest and put a stop to his search for the world’s edge. The men rejoiced at the thought of returning home to enjoy the loot of their labors.
Such is the case here, where a large precious-metal object of monetary value also has a special commemorative purpose. Such coin-medals are sometimes called “medallions,” a term discussed by Grierson, Numismatics, pp. 172–73, and employed in that special sense (and not as a synonym for medal) throughout this investigation. ” The term “commemorative” is also appropriate, since it applies equally to coins and medals: see James Mackay, Key Definitions in Numismatics (London: Frederick Muller, 1982), pp.
In 1880, three Muslim merchants from Bukhara bought a huge share of the hoard from the villagers and hurried to Peshawar to reap their rewards. Unfortunately, they were not fast enough. 17 In 1880, this was a particularly dangerous way to make a living. Afghanistan was the center of the giant Central Asian chessboard on 15. 13. See also Frank Holt, Alexander the Great and Bactria (Leiden: Brill, 1988), pp. 19–20, with notes. 16. The director of Indian State Railways, Alexander Grant, proved to be especially helpful in passing along information and artifacts.
Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions by Frank L. Holt