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This chapter addresses the source tradition for Alexander the Great and the place of On the Fortune or Virtue of Alexander the Great in it. 1 Despite existing only fragmentary form, it can be said that the image of the Macedonian king is not consistent in them because of their personal agendas. B. Bosworth, From Arrian to Alexander (Oxford, 1988), 1-15, E. Baynham, ―The Ancient Evidence for Alexander the Great,‖ in J. ), Brill’s Companion to Alexander the Great (Leiden, 2003), 3-29, P. Cartledge, Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past (New York, 2004), 267-294, and Worthington, Alexander, 234-238.

Cartledge, Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past (New York, 2004), 267-294, and Worthington, Alexander, 234-238. Pearson, LHA, 20. 30 contemporary court historian Callisthenes wrote a work, The Deeds of Alexander, in which he sensationalizes his account of Alexander’s visit to Siwah and the army’s survival on the Pamphylian coast,3 to earn the king’s favor. 3 claim that the path along the coast was covered with water until a change in the winds blew it off the path so the army could march across.

1, Curt. 10, Just. 9, Plut. Alex. 5, DFAM 1, 327A, DFAM 2, 341B. 47 Diod. 3, Arr. 10, Curt. 9-10, Just. 12, Plut. Alex. 3-5, DFAM 1, 327B, DFAM 2, 341C; cf. 33. 41 audience will be shocked by the severity and number of Alexander’s injuries. The escalating severity of the injuries enhances the argument that Fortune was a hindrance and therefore was not responsible for Alexander’s success because she put him in a position to be hurt or killed. That he did not die was a result of Philosophy which granted him the virtues necessary to survive and be successful (327E).

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