n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Valerius Maximus on Alexander the Great

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Although no new knowledge about Alexander is to be expected from a Roman collector of moral whose material on Alexander derives from Cicero and Pompeius Trogus' , nonetheless the Tiberian excerptor provides an Alexander whose characterisation casts light on the Early Principate. Through his presentation of Alexander's desire for world conquest, Valerius underlines the imperial achievement of Rome, her effective world domination, and her superiority to Alexander. In reflecting on Alexander's institution of ruler cult, Valerius contrasts the restraint of the Roman imperial model in relation to filiation and forms of worship and the greater merit of her imperial rulers.

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