Tim Howe | Sabine Müller (eds.)
Folly and Violence in the Court of Alexander the Great
and his Successors?
KOMIK UND GEWALT / COMIC AND VIOLENCE
COMIQUE ET VIOLENCE, Vol. 8
2016; 59 pages
The ancient Greco-Roman sources on the history of Alexander III and the Successors contain numerous episodes on diverse forms of Macedonian violence. Viewed from a mocking, moralistic perspective, the Macedonians served as a distorted mirror in which Greeks and Romans asserted their identities. The theme of Macedonian violence was also present in Greek comedy. This volume explores four case studies aiming at the deconstruction of these Greco-Roman topoi. The articles examine images of the Macedonians, Alexander, and Demetrius Poliorcetes analyzing the dimensions and expressions of Greco-Roman bias and its socio-political background.