Alexander the Great
Myth, Genesis and Sexuality
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
Alexander the Great (356–323 BC) has become a figure emblematic of his age—as well as one continually reassessed in our own time by generations of scholars, historians, and critics. This is the first volume devoted specifically to the study of Alexander’s sexuality and its representation and Ogden’s accessible presentation of the myths and critical narratives behind this heroic figure makes it a perfect volume for any student of ancient history. Along the way, the author draws us in to captivating issues as diverse as Alexander’s relationship with his wife Barsine; the mythology behind accounts of his siring by a thunderbolt or giant snake; the recurring representation of Alexander’s mother Olympias as a witch; and the various commentaries on Alexander’s homosexual engagement with his companion Hephaestion.