n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Notes on Q. Curtius Rufus' History of Alexander
|Article Title||Notes on Q. Curtius Rufus' History of Alexander|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1994|
|Pages||67 - 78|
The purpose of this paper is not to debate Hammond's theory - I have touched on this elsewhere - but to consider Curtius' manipulation of the primary evidence for artistic purposes. By claiming to detect such manipulation, I realise that I am asserting that Curtius and Diodorus followed closely the same primary source, almost certainly Cleitarchus. And this must be true of Trogus, Plutarch (for most of the chronologically ordered narrative of his Alexander) and the Metz Epitome, to which I unrepentantly apply the term 'vulgate sources'. In fact, concerning the Metz Epitome, there is little that can be said with confidence except that it is undoubtedly Vulgate!
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