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    Q&A: Plutarch's 'Selection from the Life of Alexander the Great'

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    The Roman historian, Plutarch, wrote this in the first century A.D. roughly 400 years after Alexander's death.

    1. Wht does Plutarch's Life tells us about Alexander the Great?
    2. Hoe accurate do you this this account is?
    3.How valuable do you think this classic account of Alexander is to us as historians?
    3. Do you think Alexander was "great"? why or why not?

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    The Roman historian, Plutarch, wrote this in the first century A.D. roughly 400 years after Alexander's death.

    1. What does Plutarch's Life tells us about Alexander the Great? Plutarch was more interested in examining character than writing a fact based history. His "Life of Alexander" is one of the few surviving secondary, perhaps tertiary, accounts about Alexander the Great. It includes anecdotes and descriptions of incidents that do not occur anywhere else. Plutarch gives a physical description of Alexander, but also more of a heroistic portrayal of the stories that arose about Alexander (e.g. Bucephalus's shadow, etc.). It is really a set of parables about the important points in ...

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    The solution provides a short discussion as answers to each of the questions detailed in the original post (see problem) in relation to the work of Plutarch on Alexander the Great.

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