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Mon, Apr. 6th, 2009, 10:42 pm
mieza: Macedonian Legacies (now out)

The book is now available:

Macedonian Legacies: Studies in Ancient Macedonian History and Culture in Honor of Eugene N. Borza

This new volume is a justified addition to library shelves, not only because it celebrates one of the foremost scholars in the field, but also for the strides in new research offered here in Gene Borza’s honor. This volume’s contributors include some of the most distinguished names currently involved in Macedonian scholarship and related areas of ancient history. The range of papers is impressive—in areas, in disciplines, and in foci ...

... are a wealth of other essays that employ recent archaeology, art history, social history, military history, philology, comparative literary analysis, prosopography, political analysis and even interdisciplinary work utilizing the social sciences. What is particularly exciting about these papers is how they often combine academic disciplines in fruitful ways to shine new light on old questions.

Editors: Timothy Howe and Jeanne Reames
Publication Date: 1 May 2009 (note the book is ready to order, and will be released in a month)

Extensive end notes, bibliography, illustrations
310 Pages (PB)

PRICE: $24.95

As noted before, that's quite cheap, as academic books go.

http://www.reginabooks.com/ancient&medieval.html (to order)

(Articles only, not front- and back-matter)

"Centering the Periphery" Carol G. Thomas

"Philip II and the Transformation of Macedonia: a Reappraisal" Edward M. Anson

"The Development of a Naval Siege Unit Under Philip II and Alexander III" William M. Murray

"Sport and Ethnicity in Ancient Macedonia" W. Lindsay Adams

"Pillip II and Olympias on Samothrace: a Clue to Macedonian Politics During the 360s" William Greenwalt

"Alexander, the Gordian Knot, and the Kingship of Midas" Mark Munn

"The Role of the Basilikoi Paides at the Argead Court" Elizabeth D. Carney

"Crisis and Opportunity: the Philotas Affair ... Again" Jeanne Reames

"Alexander's Organization of Egypt: a Note on the Career of Cleomenes of Naucratis" Stanley M. Burstien

"The Grave Relief of Adea, Daughter of Cassander and Cynnana" Olga Palagia

"Alexander in India: Ptolemy as Near Eastern Historiographer" Timothy Howe

"The Roots of Macedonian Ambiguity in Classical Athenian Literature" Sulochana Ruth Asirvatham

"Legion Over Phalanx: the battle of Magnesia, 190 B.C." Kenneth W. Harl

(Also includes a full Bibliography of cited texts)

Tue, Apr. 7th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)

This is hilarious.

I'm one of Dr. William Murray's students. He encouraged me to study the Macedonian navy for my senior thesis because he knows how much I enjoy studying Alexander. The title of my thesis? "The Evolution of the Macedonian Navy and Naval Siege Warfare Under Philip II and Alexander III". He mentioned he was researching something similar but this post blew me away. He's known the whole time that we were covering the same topic and kept me in the dark!

The funniest part, though, is the timing. My final paper is due April 30, and the book comes out the very next day.

I'm going to resume working on my thesis...

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)

LOL! I hope he doesn't mind my "giving away" the secret then. I had no idea he might be keeping mum about it.

I will say? His article is EXCELLENT. Truly excellent. Both I and my co-editor agreed this is one of the best articles in the book. Bill is also a lovely person, so more power to you for getting to sit at his knee. Did you know he was one of Gene's first (undergraduate) students? And his father helped HIRE Gene (way back when) at Penn State? I was hoping he could help up in Vancouver in our special honoring, due to his long-term ties, but he can't be there, alas.

But I'm sure you are getting a first-rate education under him!

Thu, Apr. 9th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)

Oh, I don't think he was keeping mum so much as he doesn't run around tooting his own horn. I've taken a couple of classes with him now, so I'm not at all surprised that his article is great.

I feel honored and set up all at the same time by the duplicity of our topics! He has been suspiciously generous throughout the semester towards me -- he lent me a big brown paper shopping bag full of books, and gave me copies of journal articles with his notes on them! Now I know why!! So not only am I now doomed by my topic, but I also have books of his that need to be treated with kid gloves.

I knew that Dr. Murray worked with Dr. Borza, but I didn't know his ties to Penn State were that extensive!

I'm so very lucky to be able to work with Dr. Murray. He and his wife are such wonderful people on top of being excellent instructors. I can't imagine my work would be at the level it is without his guidance!

Tue, Apr. 7th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)

I see the name of my old ancient history professor and now I'm in the gripes of nostalgia for Classics...

And yes, the book does look surprisingly cheap for 13 articles. 0_o It's under $30!

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)

Indeed! And this is -- IMNSHO -- an EXCEPTIONAL collection of articles. Some of these could have been taken to much more distinguished journals and been accepted. We were lucky to get them (and it shows the respect for Gene). Really a bargain for anybody interested in Macedonia.

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
furius: somewhat unrelated..

Isn't there a word for a book/articles written for a tribute book, so to speak? I knew it once. I would be very grateful if you can remind me of it..It's very annoying that I can't remember...

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
fawatson: Re: somewhat unrelated..

Yes, it's a festscrift.

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
mieza: Re: somewhat unrelated..

Festschrift (festschriften, plural).

Notoriously hard to get them published, because they are -- as your icon says -- often a curious collection that's not as unified as most publishers like collections to be. Ours is a bit better on that score, fortunately. Well, at least all the articles except the last, which is a bit of an "outlier."

Tue, Apr. 7th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)

That looks really interesting! Thanks for the heads up!

Wed, Apr. 8th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)

Thanks! There are some very useful things here, for Egypt, in Burstien's article. ;>
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Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)

It's a good, very useful piece for bringing all the work together in one article.

Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)

Wonderful to see this book about to be released, especially at this price, and I've already pre-ordered. Pothos has some members who don't bother with LiveJournal, so I'm going to copy some of the Regina Books website information as well as linking to your LJ. I know of several members who will jump at buying this book once they see the list of articles!

Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I'd meant to go over to Pothos and post there, then got thoroughly distracted with a thesis defense and the chapter for ANOTHER book. (Responses to Alexander, the Cartledge/Greenland book that I have a chapter on Heph in.) Fun times in April for profs!

So yes, please post the information there. I and Tim would greatly appreciate it.

Sat, Apr. 11th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)

Oh, good news - this means Responses to Alexander is going to be published at last? Wasn't it originally set for around 2007? I thought Robin Lane Fox was involved, not Paul Cartledge? Can you tell us what's happening with it? I've been waiting to read this for so long, and would appreciate an update. Many thanks!

Sat, Apr. 11th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

It's been in publishing hell. And yes, it should be out perhaps later this year. Fiona is in the final stages. Lane Fox was involved, then he wasn't. There's been general craziness with contributors dropping out, etc. Not really Fiona's fault, so much as war with publishers, although I don't really know the details.

But I do hope it eventually gets out because I wound up having a unique opportunity to kill two birds with one stone with the chapter on Hephaistion, addressing not just how he's often treated in fiction and scholarship, but to then show with a whole lot of documented evidence, exactly what he DID at the court. I know it won't convince some, but it might convince others.

Sat, Apr. 18th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)

Thank you for this. I checked with Amazon, and the projected publication date is January 2010, so it's only a few years late! They don’t list the articles, so I shall be interested to see if they differ (if at all) from the proposed contents list I saw when it was originally being published by Cambridge University Press. I'll be particularly looking forward to your article, given my own interest in Hephaistion, and especially his - and Alexander's - portrayal in fiction.

And is this the right place to ask if you are going to be updating your Beyond Renault site in the near future, since there's been more Alexander-related fiction published in the last couple of years, and I've always found the book list a very useful resource? (I realise it is something you do in your ‘spare’ time, and that you probably haven’t had much of that lately!)

Wed, Apr. 15th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)

Good news! Hope to have new book soon! (have preordered already!)