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Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions$
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Frank Holt

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238817

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238817.001.0001

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Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Frank L. Holt

University of California Press

Martin Price and Nancy Waggoner heard from Nicholas Duerr the astonishing news of a major find in Iraq. Duerr related to his colleagues that a hoard of some 1800 silver coins had been unearthed near Babylon. Duerr remarked that the Iraq hoard might yet reveal other elephant types previously unknown to numismatists. While Price and Paul Bernard could not effectively overcome the inconsistency in the new evidence, they did contribute a great deal to the understanding of the individual images on the medallions. Major historical interpretations of Alexander the Great have changed radically in response to factors that have little to do with the ancient evidence and much to do with modern attitudes toward war, imperialism, justice, human rights, and so forth. A. B. Bosworth's perception of Alexander the cruel conquistador has gained credence among a growing crowd of scholars and writers.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, Martin Price, Nancy Waggoner, Nicholas Duerr, A. B. Bosworth, elephant, hoard, medallions

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