At a time of waning military prestige in the fourth century, Athens attached great importance to its choral and dramatic heritage as a source of civic display and pride. In spectacular festivities staged at Tyre in 331 BCE and detailed by Plutarch ( Alex. 29.1-5; de fort. Alex. 334 d-e), Alexander the Great drew upon elements of the Athenian contests in his own celebrations. I suggest here that he did so in order to articulate his own power with a Greek-and more particularly an Athenian- audience in mind, and that his gesture was shaped by apprehensions of instability in the Peloponnese.
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2022|