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Truth And Falsehood In Early Hellenistic Propaganda

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The speaker is, of course, Alexander the Great, harshly reproving his men for their distrust of his motives when he discharged their accumulated debts. The Athenian statesman was the subtlest judge of the political situation both present and future, and could improvise with amazing skill at short notice. Alexander was in a virtual sea of things Iranian, and it would be hardly surprising if he delved into the records of the past and absorbed some of the regal ideology. Alexander had insisted on the primacy of truth, and maintained that veracity was an indispensable attribute of monarchy. Ptolemy himself was involved in a particularly intricate piece of diplomacy - or chicanery. The source used here by Diodorus was almost certainly the Antigonid statesman Hieronymus of Cardia who was a contemporary and will have participated in the battle at Ipsus.

Keywords: Alexander the Great; Athenian statesman; Diodorus; Ipsus; Ptolemy

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