The Alexandreis: A Twelfth-Century Epic

The Alexandreis: A Twelfth-Century Epic


Walter of Châtillon’s Latin epic at the lifetime of Alexander the nice was once a 12th- and thirteenth-century “best-seller:” scribes produced over 2 hundred manuscripts. The poem follows Alexander from his first successes in Asia Minor, via his conquest of Persia and India, to his revolutionary ethical degeneration and his poisoning through a disaffected lieutenant. The Alexandreis exemplifies twelfth-century discourses of worldwide domination and the exoticism of the East. yet whilst it calls such desires of mastery into query, again and again undercutting because it does Alexander’s claims to heroism and advantage and by way of extension, related claims by means of the good males of Walter’s personal iteration. This terribly layered and refined poem stands as a high-water mark of the medieval culture of Latin narrative literature.

in addition to David Townsend’s revised translation, this version offers a wealthy number of historic records, together with different writings through Walter of Châtillon, excerpts from different medieval Latin epics, and modern bills of the overseas and “exotic.”

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