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The narrative’s narrow scope regarding both subject matter and time covered has the effect that Alexander and his great achievements are constantly kept at the centre of interest. Due to the handling of time in the Arrian's Anabasis, the hero seems to be heading from one challenge to the next, not finding any limits to his ambitions. The narratees are, as it were, invited to join Alexander on his campaign, enter new lands, conquer city after city, advance to regions that not even Heracles or Dionysus had reached. On the whole, the portrait of a man is created who restlessly and impatiently keeps pushing further and lives a vehement life. However, the Anabasis is not a biography. Rather, it is a vivid march narrative that focuses on the hero’s greatest achievements.

Keywords: Alexander; Anabasis; Arrian



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