By Richard Stoneman
Offers an creation to the heritage of Alexander and the most subject matters of his reign. in addition to tackling difficulties of interpretation, the textual content contains: an exam of the written and different assets, and the issues of operating with them; dialogue of archaeological and numismatic facts; an overview of the Macedonian history; perception into Alexander's schooling and ideas; an exploration of Alexander's declare to divinity; overview of Alexander's brief and long term achievements; and a examine of his effect in antiquity.
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15). Was it Alexander, or is it our source, Plutarch (Alex. 20), or his source, Cleitarchus, who is quoting the earlier author? Darius’ women were treated with the utmost chivalry, and continued to receive the allowances and attention they had when Darius was their master. They were valuable hostages, to be sure; but it seems, too, that Alexander had no interest in inflicting pain and humiliation for the sake of it. As would emerge later, Darius was for him a political and military opponent, but not for that reason a personal enemy to be degraded.
But Alexander insisted on submission. The heralds he sent to negotiate a peaceful settlement were murdered by the Tyrians and thrown over the battlements. From this point, nothing but absolute conquest would satisfy Alexander. The capture of Tyre was strategically unnecessary (though the Tyrian fleet was significant): a garrison on the mainland would have achieved 35 robin-bobin his ends. The six-month siege shows him, once again, as a master of tactics and of the art of siege warfare, but one suspects impetuosity in the decision to undertake a full siege in the first place.
Foraging parties were regularly sent out into the neighbouring countryside; and at one point, the Jewish historian Josephus tells us, a message was sent to the high priest in Jerusalem asking for assistance and supplies. This embassy, which is not mentioned by the other sources, became the keystone of an elaborate Jewish legend according to which Alexander actually visited Jerusalem. According to 36 robin-bobin this story, he had been vouchsafed a vision of the prophet Jeremiah, who had briefed him about what he would find there.