Alexander Romance in Persia and the East [Hardback]

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In the lands where his empire actually lay, Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was remembered by some as a brutal destroyer and by others as a wise ruler and sage. Classicists, archaeologists, and other scholars explore how the Greek Alexander Romance, translated into various languages over the centuries, has influenced national and religious narratives in Persia and its surround. In sections on the formation of a tradition, perspectives, texts, themes, and images they discuss such topics as mapping the Alexander Romance, adventures of Alexander in Medieval Turkish, history and romance in al-Tabari's tales of Alexander, the kingship of Alexander the Great in the Jewish versions of the narrative, and Oriental imagery and Alexander's legend in art. The 23 papers are from a July 2010 conference in Exeter. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Alexander the Great of Macedon was no stranger to controversy in his own time. Conqueror of the Greek states, of Egypt and of the Persian Empire as well as many of the principalities of the Indus Valley, he nevertheless became revered as well as vilified.

Alexander the Great of Macedon was no stranger to controversy in his own time. Conqueror of the Greek states, of Egypt and of the Persian Empire as well as many of the principalities of the Indus Valley, he nevertheless became revered as well as vilified. Was he a simply a destroyer of the ancient civilizations and religions of these regions, or was he a hero of the Persian dynasties and of Islam? The conflicting views that were taken of him in the Middle East in his own time and the centuries that followed are still reflected in the tensions that exist between east and west today. The story of Alexander became the subject of legend in the medieval west, but was perhaps even more pervasive in the east. The Alexander Romance was translated into Syriac in the sixth century and may have become current in Persia as early as the third century AD. From these beginnings it reached into the Persian national epic, the Shahnameh, into Jewish traditions, and into the Quran and subsequent Arab romance. The papers in this volume all have the aim of deepening our understanding of this complex development. If we can understand better why Alexander is such an important figure in both east and west, we shall be a little closer to understanding what unites two often antipathetic worlds. This volume collects the papers delivered at the conference of the same title held at the University of Exeter from July 26-29 2010. More than half the papers were by invited speakers and were designed to provide a systematic view of the subject; the remainder were selected for their ability to carry research forward in an integrated way.

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Introduction ix
Note on Transliteration and Bibliography xv
PART 1 FORMATION OF A TRADITION
1(102)
Persian Aspects of the Romance Tradition
3(16)
Richard Stoneman
Mapping the Alexander Romance
19(42)
Daniel L. Selden
King Midas' Ears on Alexander's Head: In Search of the Afro-Asiatic Alexander Cycle
61(20)
Faustina C.W. Doufikar-Aerts
The Alexander Romance and the Pattern of Hero-Legend
81(22)
Graham Anderson
PART 2 PERSPECTIVES
103(56)
The Persians in Late Byzantine Alexander Romances: A Portrayal under Turkish Influences
105(12)
Corinne Jouanno
Adventures of Alexander in Medieval Turkish
117(10)
Hendrik Boeschoten
Some Talk of Alexander Myth and Politics in the North-West Frontier of British India
127(32)
Warwick Ball
PART 3 TEXTS
159(116)
Alexander the Great in the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi
161(14)
Haila Manteghi
The King Explorer: A Cosmographic Approach to the Persian Alexander
175(30)
Mario Casari
`Umara's Qissa al-Iskandar as a Model of the Arabic Alexander Romance
205(14)
David Zuwiyya
Al-Tabari's Tales of Alexander: History and Romance
219(14)
El-Sayed M. Gad
Al-Mubassir ibn Fatik and the α Version of the Alexander Romance
233(22)
Emily Cottrell
Aspects of Alexander in Coptic Egypt
255(8)
Leslie S.B. McCoull
The Islamized Alexander in Chinese Geographies and Encyclopaedias
263(12)
Yuriko Yamanaka
PART 4 THEMES
275(92)
Sekandar, Dragon-Slayer
277(18)
Daniel Ogden
Stories of the Persian Bride: Alexander and Roxane
295(16)
Sabine Muller
Alexander the Philosopher in the Greco-Roman, Persian and Arabic Traditions
311(16)
Sulochana Asirvatham
In Search of Water of Life: The Alexander Romance and Indian Mythology
327(12)
Aleksandra Szalc
The Kingship of Alexander the Great in the Jewish Versions of the Alexander Narrative
339(10)
Aleksandra Szalc
Alexander in Bavli Tamid: In Search for a Meaning
349(18)
Ory Amitay
PART 5 IMAGES
367(44)
The Impact of Alexander the Great in the Art of Central Asia
369(14)
Olga Palagia
Oriental Imagery and Alexander's Legend in Art: Reconnaissance
383(22)
Agnieszka Fulinska
A Flying King
405(6)
Firuza Melville
Index 411
Richard Stoneman is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter (UK) with particular research interest in the continuity of the Greek world and Greek tradition up to the present day and in Alexander the Great, especially in later legend.