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Another Treasure

Frank L. Holt

in Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780520238817
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238817.003.0005
Another Treasure

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Martin Price and Nancy Waggoner heard from Nicholas Duerr the astonishing news of a major find in Iraq. Duerr related to his colleagues that a hoard of some 1800 silver coins had been unearthed near Babylon. Duerr remarked that the Iraq hoard might yet reveal other elephant types previously unknown to numismatists. While Price and Paul Bernard could not effectively overcome the inconsistency in the new evidence, they did contribute a great deal to the understanding of the individual images on the medallions. Major historical interpretations of Alexander the Great have changed radically in response to factors that have little to do with the ancient evidence and much to do with modern attitudes toward war, imperialism, justice, human rights, and so forth. A. B. Bosworth's perception of Alexander the cruel conquistador has gained credence among a growing crowd of scholars and writers.

Keywords: Alexander the Great; Martin Price; Nancy Waggoner; Nicholas Duerr; A. B. Bosworth; elephant; hoard; medallions

Chapter.  8670 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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