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Anabasis of Alexander, Volume I

Anabasis of Alexander, Volume I

Books 1–4

Arrian

Translated by P. A. Brunt

ISBN 9780674992603

Publication date: 01/01/1976

On the march to greatness.

Arrian (Flavius Arrianus), of the period ca. AD 95–175, was a Greek historian and philosopher of Nicomedia in Bithynia. Both a Roman and an Athenian citizen, he was governor of the Roman province of Cappadocia 132–137, and repelled an invasion of the Alani in 134. He retired then to Athens (where he was archon in 148–149) and later to Nicomedia.

Arrian’s Anabasis of Alexander in seven books is the best account we have of Alexander’s adult life. Indica (a description of India and of Nearchus’ voyage therefrom) was to be a supplement.

A student of Epictetus, Arrian took notes at his lectures and published them (in eight books, of which we have four, The Discourses) and also the Encheiridion or Manual of Epictetus. Both works are available in the Loeb edition of Epictetus (LCL 131, 218).

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Arrian is in two volumes.

Praise

  • [An] important contribution to the study of Alexander.

    —Ernst Badian, Classical Philology

Author

  • Peter Astbury Brunt (1917–2005) was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University.

Book Details

  • 640 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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