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Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient

Vincent Barletta

Abstract

Though Alexander the Great lived more than seventeen centuries before the onset of Iberian expansion into Muslim Africa and Asia, he loomed large in the literature of late medieval and early modern Portugal and Spain. Exploring little-studied chronicles, chivalric romances, novels, travelogues, and crypto-Muslim texts, this book shows that the story of Alexander not only sowed the seeds of Iberian empire but foreshadowed the decline of Portuguese and Spanish influence in the centuries to come. It depicts Alexander as a complex symbol of Western domination, immortality, dissolution, heroism, vi ... More

Keywords: Alexander the Great, Iberian empire, Portuguese influence, Spanish influence, Western domination, immortality, dissolution, heroism, villainy, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226037363
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037394.001.0001

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Vincent Barletta, author

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