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Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions
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Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Frank Holt

Abstract

To all those who witnessed his extraordinary conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the Great appeared invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance—how he abetted the belief that he enjoyed divine favor and commanded even the forces of nature against his enemies—is the subject of this book. Solid evidence for the “supernaturalized” Alexander lies in a rare series of medallions that depict the triumphant young king at war against the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India at the Battle of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational ... More

Keywords: Albania, India, Rajah Porus, Hydaspes River, Alexander myth, numismatics, megalomania

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238817
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238817.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Holt, author