Mightier Than the Sword: Propaganda in Case Studies of the Battles of Alexander the Great
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Historians studying Alexander are simultaneously blessed with a wealth and dearth of information about the Macedonian kingnulls life. Four biographies are examined here: those of Arrian, Curtis, Diodorus, and Plutarch. The description of Alexandernulls military campaigns has been powerfully affected by the insertion of propaganda, both by Alexander himself and by his Successors, which has largely been passed down through the extant sources. Alexandernulls army occupied the role of the small, highly trained Greek and Macedonian force against which the weak, effeminate, opulent Persians were inevitably crushed despite their significant numerical superiority. The surviving biographies suffer from contemporary sourcesnull conformation of Alexandernulls campaign to this mold. Additionally, later authors focused primarily on the Macedonian kingnulls character and provided only patchy information about the details of his campaign. If Alexander is to be understood as a general, and his successes to be appreciated fully, the reader remains aware of these considerations.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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