By Z. David Zuwiyya
By no means earlier than has there seemed in English the sort of choice of essays referring to Alexander the Great's legacy in international literature. From Greek and Latin works of the Classical interval via Medieval texts in Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Arabic, Ethiopic and Hebrew, to boot the eu languages, the fourteen chapters conceal the gamut of Alexander literary reviews as compiled via a number of the most efficient students in every one box, bringing the reader up to date on every thing Alexander.
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30–34. J. ), A Hebrew Alexander Romance MS London, p. 17. 36 Yet, recent research has shown that recension C of the Book of Yosippon was probably composed only in the 14th century. 37 Unfortunately, nothing is known about the writers of MS Parma and MS Paris. The Hebrew Alexander romance of type 2 was written by Immanuel ben Jacob Bonfils, a physician, mathematician, and astronomer living in France in the middle of the 14th century. His name is not mentioned in MS Paris 750, the only surviving manuscript of this version.
It starts with a description of the speech that was given by Alexander upon his death. 87 After his death, his wife Roxane and the military leaders mourn over the king. A statue of Alexander erected on his grave shows an apple in the king’s hand symbolizing his dominion over the whole world. The twelve towns that he founded are enumerated. Antipater and Andoinos, the murderers of Alexander, are sought, but they escape and build a fortress called Arondil. There they are caught and tortured. 88 VI.
20–23. 2. 15 (ed. Buber, Vienna, 1894), p. 157. This story has a parallel in Ps-Epiphanius’ Vitae Prophetarum; see Kazis, The Book of Gests of Alexander, p. 24; R. Stoneman, Alexander the Great, pp. 57ff. 21 R. Merkelbach, Die Quellen des griechischen Alexanderromans: Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage unter Mitwirkung von Jürgen Trumpf (München, 1977), pp. 132–138; see Stoneman’s Introduction to this book. 28. 24 Yet, the problem of the relationship between the Greek romance and the rabbinic sources will remain difficult to answer.
A Companion to Alexander Literature in the Middle Ages (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition) by Z. David Zuwiyya