Der lateinische Alexanderroman des Iulius Valerius : Sprache, Erzahlung, Kontext / herausgegeben von Hartmut Wulfram ; unter redaktioneller Mitarbeit von Katharina Gerhold, Gregor Schöffberger und Katharina-Maria Schön.

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2023]
  • ©2023
viii, 233 pages ; 25 cm


  • Millennium-Studien ; Bd. 101. [More in this series]
  • Millennium-Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr. = Millennium studies in the culture and history of the first millennium C.E. ; Volume 101 [More in this series]
Summary note
"Within the scope of the Greek-Latin Alexander romance, the Res gestae Alexandri Macedonis by Julius Valerius (early fourth century CE) stand out due to their high literary and stylistic standards. The eleven contributions in this edited volume primarily focus on issues of narrative technique, linguistic design, and intertextuality, thereby illustrating the unique features and rank of this often-neglected work in literary history."-- Publisher's website.
  • Julius Valerius Alexander Polemius (fl. c. 300 AD) was a translator of the Greek Alexander Romance, a romantic history of Alexander the Great, into Latin under the title Res gestae Alexandri Macedonis; "Iulius Valerius Alexander Polemius, author in the mid-4th cent. ce of an extant Latin version of the Greek Alexander Romance of Pseudo-Callisthenes. Its style shows some colourful and archaic features, imitating earlier poets and Apuleius."--Oxford Classical Dictionary online.
  • "The alpha recension, which was the basis of the Latin translation by Julius Valerius, survives in a single MS, A (Parisinus gr. 1711), dating from 1013-1124. The scribe was working from a poor exemplar from which he copied at times meaningless strings of letters. All subsequent copyists of the Greek Romance, as well as Julius Valerius in Latin, seem to have been working from this text, or something like it: many of their alterations can only be seen as attempts to restore sense to something that made no sense in A. The alpha version of the Romance (something close to A, but lacking the long astrological section in Book I) was translated into Latin by Julius Valerius (cos. 338 CE): the MSS give it the title "Deeds of Alexander translated from Aesop the Greek." It belongs to a time when Alexander was becoming a symbol of the late antique "pagan revival." It is possible that Julius Valerius was also the author of the Itinerarium Alexandri, a broadly historical work addressed to Constantius on the eve of his departure for an eastern campaign, and thus datable to about 340-345 CE."--"Alexander Romance", Oxford Classical Dictionary online.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note
In German, with four contributions in English and one in French.
  • Einleitung / Hartmut Wulfram
  • La beauté fatale du maître du monde : double origine et pouvoir civilisateur dans le Roman d'Alexandre de Julius Valérius (à propos de Val. 1,13-14) / Ingrid Brenez
  • Pindar im Alexanderroman? : die Olympischen und Isthmischen Spiele bei Iulius Valerius / Hartmut Wulfram
  • Alexanders Glück und Dareios' Ende : die Schlachten in Arabien und am Stranga bei Iulius Valerius / Christoph Schwameis
  • Heroism, Wisdom and Ruling : Iul. Val. 2,9,538-559 / M.ª Carmen Puche López
  • Besas and Ariobarzanes : Trials and Tribulations regarding the Reception of the Identity, Deed, and Punishment of Darius' assassins / Sabine Müller
  • Curtius Rufus, Iulius Valerius und die Meutereiszenen in der lateinischen Alexanderliteratur / Andreas Ammann
  • Weise Brahmanen, apokalyptische Ungeheuer und mirakulöse Wasserläufe : zu einigen Passagen bei Iulius Valerius und in Palladios' Brahmanen-Traktat / Marc Steinmann
  • Julius Valerius and the Evolution of the 'Letter to Aristotle about India' / Richard Stoneman
  • Illusion und Lüge : die Candace-Episode in Iul. Val. 3,18-24 / Gregor Schöffberger
  • Iulius Valerius on Alexander' Death : Reception, Representation, and Rewriting in Later Latin Literary Culture / Christian Thrue Djurslev
  • Die Zacher-Epitome : Änderungen, Erweiterungen, Auslassungen / Gabriel Siemoneit.
  • 3111085589
  • 9783111085586
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