By Z. David Zuwiyya
By no means prior to has there seemed in English this sort of choice of essays pertaining to Alexander the Great's legacy in global literature. From Greek and Latin works of the Classical interval via Medieval texts in Syriac, Persian, Coptic, Arabic, Ethiopic and Hebrew, besides the ecu languages, the fourteen chapters disguise the gamut of Alexander literary stories as compiled by way of a few of the leading students in every one box, bringing the reader up to date on every little thing Alexander.
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Steinschneider, Die hebräischen Übersetzungen, pp. J. Kazis, The Book of Gests of Alexander, pp. 37–39. While Gaster argues in favor of al-Harizi, Steinschneider rejects the view that he translated this text. 28 E. ” Tarbiz 75 (2006), pp. 359–407 (Hebrew). 29 The manuscript presents a shortened version of the Alexander romance. 30 Then the scribe copied the end of a text that dealt with the rites of the Brahmans—Palladius’s text was possibly the source—as well as an excerpt of the story about Alexander’s arrival at the Garden of Eden told in the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Tamid 32a.
20 quires. 196 leaves paginated in Syriac graphemes (ʾ-šfz) with 18 lines per page (except two pages: šmd has only 15 and šnd 19), about 8 7/8 in. by 6 5/8 in. Carefully strangelā writing with vowel points till page šmg, but after this page the two hands writing is less good. Page ʾālaph has an illuminated heading. D. (= AG 2162). This MS, acquired by J. A. Wallis Budge. Paper. 12 quires. 123 leaves paginated in Syriac graphemes (ʾ-rkg) with 22 lines per page, about 14 in. by 8 ½. Accurated bold strangelā writing with numerous vowel points.
88–90; Gaster, p. 863. 77 Reich, p. 90; Gaster, p. 863. 78 A storm drives them into the Dead Sea. Alexander fights with the king of Togira and defeats him. 79 On a mountain Alexander is attacked by a lion with human hands and feet. 84 The cup-bearer Afiq poisons the king and he dies. 85 Some of the wondrous adventures do not have a parallel in the Greek or Latin versions of the PC, but are derived from Jewish motifs: Menahem, a Jewish scribe, is chief secretary of Alexander. The king prays to God and becomes circumcised.