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It is a vastly different picture of the king than the one presented in the DFAM, to which we now turn. The DFAM as a Source for Alexander’s Life and Reign In the DFAM, Plutarch seems to present an image of Alexander as philosopher and man of action, who conquered territories on a large scale, suffered many wounds, founded many cities, spread Greek culture, and even tried to unite the races. It also provides us with valuable information about the Macedonian financial and even political situation when Alexander became king, and his relationships with Roxane, Hephaestion, and his subjects.
1-8, Plut. Alex. 48-49; cf. Tarn, Alexander 1, 62-64, Lane Fox, Alexander, 283-291, Green, Alexander, 325-331, Bosworth, CE, 100-104, Hammond, KCS, 183-186, and Worthington, Alexander, 120-124. 40 For more on Alexander’ orientalism, see pp. 48-51. 41 E. B. Bosworth and E. ), Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction (Oxford, 1996), 60-92. 42 Diod. 7-9, Arr. 5, Curt. 38-39, Just. 11, Plut. Alex. 3. 43 The sources vary on the details of the incident. 44 Cleitus’ words occurred at a dinner party at which everyone was drunk.
5, Plut. Alex. 4-6. 63 See pp. 47-48 for analysis of the prayer following the mutiny. 64 Diod. 8, Arr. 2-3, Just. 11-12, Plut. Alex. 72; cf. Tarn, Alexander 1, 117, Lane Fox, Alexander, 434-438, Green, Alexander, 464-467, Bosworth, CE, 163-165, Hammond, Genius, 196-200, and Worthington, Alexander, 186. 65 Arr. 4, Plut. Alex. 3; cf. Tarn, Alexander 1, 131-132, Lane Fox, Alexander, 456-458, Bosworth, CE, 238-239, and Worthington, Alexander, 189. 66 Following his death, his kingdom immediately began falling apart as his generals carved it up among themselves and the mainland Greeks revolted from the League of Corinth in what is referred to as the Lamian War.
Damn with Faint Praise. A Historical Commentary on Plutarch’s On The Fortune or Virtue of Alexander The Great by Dawn L. Gilley