East and West in the World Empire of Alexander
The essays in East and West in the World Empire of Alexander: Essays in Honour of Brian Bosworth are dedicated to the late Professor Brian Bosworth, a former Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle (UON).
In a period of over forty-five years, Professor Bosworth produced arguably the most influential corpus of historical and historiographical research by one scholar. His name is synonymous with scholarship on Alexander the Great, but his expertise also spreads far wider, as the scope of these essays demonstrates. The collection's coverage ranges from Egyptian and Homeric parallels, through Roman historiography, to Byzantine coinage.
However, the life of Alexander provides the volume's central theme for this collection of essays by 20 international scholars, including chapters by UON researchers Dr Elizabeth Baynham and Dr Jane Bellemore. The collection is also edited by Dr Baynham and Associate Professor Pat Wheatley (University of Otago, New Zealand).
Among the topics explored are the conqueror's resonance with mythological figures such as Achilles and Heracles, his divine pretensions and military display, and his motives for arresting his expedition at the River Hyphasis in India. Some of Alexander's political acts are also scrutinized, as are the identities of those supposedly present in the last symposium where, according to some sources, the fatal poison was administered to the king. Part of the collection focuses on Alexander's legacy, with seven essays examining the Successors, especially Craterus, and Ptolemy, and Alexander's ill-fated surviving dynasty, including Olympias, Eurydice, and Philip III Arrhidaeus.