By J. C. Yardley, J. E. Atkinson
This ebook offers a translation, with observation, of an incredible Roman resource at the finish of the reign of Alexander the nice. ebook 10 of Curtius' Histories covers the reign of terror and mutiny that upon Alexander's go back from India; and provides the fullest account of the ability fight that started in Babylon instantly after his loss of life. The advent establishes a profile of Curtius Rufus (quite most likely a Roman Senator of the 1st century AD), and his time table as a historian. John Yardley's translation and the statement are designed for the reader with out Latin. The statement offers distinct research of the old occasions of the an important interval 325-3 BC lined by means of Curtius, and in addition attempts to get in the back of the outside point of aspiring to convey how Curtius meant his heritage to be a textual content for his time. Curtius' textual content is usually tested as a literary fulfillment in its personal correct.
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51 The case for dating Cleitarchus’ work to around 310 bc was convincingly established by Badian (1965); cf. Bosworth (1997) and Prandi (1996), 71 and n. 71 for further references. 20 Introduction Pearson (1960), 222 cites parallels in Cleitarchus Frags. 40, 43, and 48. 52 Thus we can track passages where Curtius appears to be in tandem with Diodorus and assume that Cleitarchus was the common source;53 divergences may well then indicate that Curtius was using, as he himself says, other sources too.
7. 5, when read with A. 2. 5. 9. Atkinson (1980), 365–6 finds another possible misreading of a Greek source at 4. 8. 4. Then there is the notorious case of the place name Arvae (6. 4. 23), which Steele, pp. 50–1, took to arise from a misunderstanding of the Greek participle aras (‘setting off ’), as found at A. 3. 23. 6. 110 Berve, ii. p. 429. 111 He is paired by Curtius with Euctemon, whose name, meaning ‘well-oV’ provides a nice irony. This case is somewhere between elaboration and Wctionalizing.
6. 60 Curtius 4. 13. 7 (Polyperchon stands out in support of Parmenion’s advice to Alexander before the battle of Gaugamela), 5. 4. 20, and 8. 5. 22–6. 1 (Polyperchon ridicules the performance of proskynesis by Persians to Alexander, and is arrested; not in A. 4. 12. 2); Atkinson (1998b), 3463; on Polyperchon’s record from 323, Heckel (2006), 226–31. Atkinson (1980), 415 adds the cautionary note that Ptolemy should not be treated as the only source possibly hostile to Polyperchon: others might have included Antigonus’ associates Nearchus and Medeius.
Curtius Rufus, Histories of Alexander the Great by J. C. Yardley, J. E. Atkinson