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11 Grote on Alexander the Great

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The accession of Alexander was first mentioned in Volume 11, which, after dealing with the politics of Sicily until 336 BCE, is then devoted to Macedonia and Greece, then to the accession of Philip II until his death. After summarizing the personality and achievements of Alexander, George Grote continues his narrative with an analysis of the evolution of the Greek cities of Europe and the eastern and western Mediterranean region. Grote's chapters are much less explicit and therefore much less informative than Volumes VI and VII of Connop Thirlwall. Alexander's conquest may have been generally considered as a postscript to Greek history, but it merits examination on its own by "writers of Grecian history". Even more importantly, Thirlwall enlarges the traditional perspective by declaring that the history of Alexander "belongs rather to universal history than to the history of Greece".

Keywords: Alexander; Connop Thirlwall; George Grote; Grecian history; Macedonia



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