Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Alexander
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A. Historical dimension

(Ἀλέξανδρος [ὁ Μέγας]/Aléxandros [ho Mégas]; Latin Alexander [Magnus])

A. Historical dimension

A., called "the Great" (356–323 BC), was born at Pella, the son of Philip II of Macedon and Olympias of Epirus. His mother traced her lineage back to Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, and Philip his to Heracles. A. could therefore regard himself as the descendant of mythical forefathers. This wou…

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Möllendorff, Peter von, Rubel, Alexander, Will, Wolfgang and Hattendorff, Claudia, “Alexander”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_COM_004522>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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