Book review — Collaboration: “The Legitimation of Conquest. Monarchical Representation and the Art of Government in the Empire of Alexander the Great” by Kai Trampedach & Alexander Meeus (editors)

The Legitimation of Conquest.

Monarchical Representation and the Art of Government in the Empire of Alexander the Great

ISBN: 978–3515127813, 363 pages

Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020

Contributors

MICHELE FARAGUNA is Professor of Greek History at the University of Milan, Italy.
HANS-JOACHIM GEHRKE, former President of the German Archaeological Institute, is Professor emeritus of Ancient History at the University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany.
MAURIZIO GIANGIULIO is Professor of Greek History at the University of Trento, Italy.
MATTHIAS HAAKE is Privatdozent in Ancient History at the University of Münster, Germany.
TONIO HÖLSCHER is Professor emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
MICHAEL JURSA is professor of Assyriology at the University of Vienna, Austria.
WILHELM KÖHLER is graduate student of Theology and History at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
MAXIM M. KHOLOD is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
CHRISTIAN MANN is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Mannheim, Germany.
MANUELA MARI is Professor of Greek History at the ‘Aldo Moro’ University of Bari, Italy.
ALEXANDER MEEUS is Akademischer Rat in the Ancient History department the University of Mannheim, Germany.
ANDREW MONSON is Associate Professor of Classics at New York University, USA.
KAI TRAMPEDACH is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
RALF VON DEN HOFF is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany.
SHANE WALLACE is the Walsh Family Assistant Professor in Classics and Ancient History at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Table of contents

  • Introduction: Understanding Alexander’s Relations with His Subjects (Kai Trampedach / Alexander Meeus)
  • I: SELF-PRESENTATION AND ROYAL PERSONA
  • 1 From Early On To Become A Hero (‘Held’): Mythical Models of Alexander’s Image and Biography (Tonio Hölscher)
  • 2 Staging Charisma: Alexander and Divination (Kai Trampedach)
  • 3 Alexander and Athletics or How (Not) To Use a Traditional Field of Monarchic Legitimation (Christian Mann)
  • 4 Violence and Legitimation: The Social Logic of Alexander the Great’s Acts of Violence between the Danube and the Indus — A Conceptual Outline and a Case Study (Matthias Haake)
  • II: LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AND INTERACTIONS
  • 5 Alexander’s Dedications to the Gods: Sacred Space, Pious Practice and Public Legitimation (Ralf von den Hoff)
  • 6 Communication and Legitimation: Knowledge of Alexander’s Asian Conquests in the Greek World (Shane Wallace)
  • 7 Legitimation — Unwitting and Unrequested: Alexander of Macedon’s Portrayal as Devine Tool in Zechariah 9 (Wilhelm Köhler)
  • 8 Wooing the Victor with Words: Babylonian Priestly Literature as a Response to the Macedonian Conquest (Michael Jursa)
  • 9 Shaping the New World: Once More On the Cities of Alexander (Maurizio Giangiulio)
  • III: ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONS
  • 10 Alexander, the King of the Macedonians (Manuela Mari)
  • 11 On the Titulature of Alexander the Great: The Title basileus (Maxim M. Kholod)
  • 12 Alexander the Great and Asia Minor: Conquest and Strategies of Legitimation (Michele Faraguna)
  • 13 Alexander’s Tributary Empire (Andrew Monson)
  • IV: EPILOGUES
  • 14 The Strategies of Legitimation of Alexander and the Diadochoi: Continuities and Discontinuities (Alexander Meeus)
  • 15 Concluding Remarks (Hans-Joachim Gehrke)
  • ABBREVIATIONS
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • CONTRIBUTORS

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