By Frank L. Holt
To all those that witnessed his notable conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the good seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the assumption that he loved divine prefer and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L. Holt's soaking up booklet.
Solid facts for the ''supernaturalized'' Alexander lies in an extraordinary sequence of medallions that depict the positive younger king at warfare opposed to the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India on the conflict of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and occasionally perilous conditions, those historic artifacts have lengthy lively the fashionable ancient debate approximately Alexander. Holt's e-book, the 1st dedicated to the secret of those old medallions, takes us into the heritage in their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable evidence in their manufacture and that means, and, eventually, into the king's personal psyche and his scary theology of warfare. the result's a worthwhile research of Alexander background and delusion, a bright account of numismatics, and a spellbinding inspect the age-old mechanics of megalomania.
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38. This is item 1887–6–9–1 in the British Museum numismatic inventory. See App. A, E/A 1 and pl. 2. 39. Paul Bernard, “Le monnayage d’Eudamos, satrape grec du Pandjab et ‘maître des éléphants,’ ” in Orientalia Iosephi Tucci Memoriae Dicata, ed. G. Gnoli and L. Lanciotti (Rome: Istituto italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1985), 1: 65–94, esp. pp. 91–92, citing E. Zéjmal; also Robin Lane Fox, “Text and Image: Alexander the Great, Coins and Elephants,” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 41 (1996): 97.
His Latin compilation was one of the ﬁrst to call attention to some glaring contradictions in that record. 39 Ekkehard found reports (80) that Porus commanded 14,800 scythed chariots and 400 elephants, each beast carrying a tower ﬁlled with thirty armed men. Alexander defeated this army and captured Porus’s exotic palace (80–81); later, Alexander killed Porus in a David-and-Goliath duel (89). This troubling version could scarcely be reconciled with the famous account of Porus’s pardon and subsequent partnership with Alexander.
38 / A Treasure coins said to be from the same hoard, so that a miscellany of numismatic material in the British Museum may be linked to this ﬁnd. 32 When all of these artifacts ﬁnally entered the museum’s vaults, they passed beyond the worlds of worms and thieves into a pampered and productive existence as the objects of numismatic study. This branch of knowledge focuses upon coins and related materials, such as medals and tokens, artifacts that many people might not readily appreciate as valuable historical evidence.
Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions by Frank L. Holt