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Alexander 'Rex', 'Dux' and 'Tyrannus': a Historiographical Study of Quintus Curtius

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dc.contributor.author Baynham, Elizabeth Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-29T03:04:38Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-25T04:45:32Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-29T03:04:38Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-25T04:45:32Z
dc.date.copyright 1989
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/23196
dc.description.abstract Both Quintus Curtius Rufus, as the author of a work commonly known as the Historiae Alexandri Magni, as well as the date of its composition remain a mystery. Although neither of these problems can be definitely solved, probable conclusions of an approximate date can be drawn from the work itself. This thesis attempts to place Curtius in his historiographical context. It has been necessary to examine not only the problem of the author's date and identity, which is by far the most discussed aspect of Curtius, but his likely sources, as well as his historical and literary methods, especially in comparison to Arrian. However, the dissertation is primarily concerned with a literary evaluation of Curtius as an author, particularly his skill in structuring his narrative, his development of his major themes, 'Fortuna' and 'Regnum' and his characterization of Alexander. The thesis concludes that, owing to his literary skill, political insight, particularly in the contemporary overtones inherent in the work, and moral didacticism, Curtius should be accorded recognition as a main-stream Roman historian, even though the Historiae is not Roman history. In order to appreciate the historian's continuity, it seemed appropriate to approach Curtius' treatment of 'regnum' through a book by book analysis of the entire Historiae, examining episode and theme. Chapters 4 and 5 have thus been sub-divided into discussions on each book. For some of these analyses, where structural and thematic linkages are particularly prominent, a diagram has been provided, which outlines the balances and contrasts between episodes. 'Fortuna' has been accorded a separate chapter in itself, since it necessitated a discussion on its historiographical concept as a whole, and what it meant to Curtius in particular. Also, as a theme, although all-pervading, 'Fortuna' is easier to isolate than 'regnum'. Finally, although Curtius' treatment of Alexander is constantly compared to his fellow Alexander historians, in order to highlight his different, interests and approach, his worth as a historical source, for the most part, is not assessed. en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Alexander the Great 356-323 B.C. en_NZ
dc.subject Curtius Rufus, Quintus en_NZ
dc.subject Historia Alexandri Magni en_NZ
dc.title Alexander 'Rex', 'Dux' and 'Tyrannus': a Historiographical Study of Quintus Curtius en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Classics en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ

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