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Worthington, Ian

Works: 58 works in 356 publications in 5 languages and 12,955 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Military history  Handbooks and manuals  Biographies  Eulogies 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: DF234, 938.07092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Worthington
Demosthenes : statesman and orator by Ian Worthington( )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and French and held by 1,842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demosthenes is still quoted in speeches by modern politicians, and is often viewed as the supreme example of the patriot. This book examines why his speeches came to be regarded so highly and asks whether his reputation is justified
Persuasion : Greek rhetoric in action by Ian Worthington( )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek rhetoric, in its diverse forms and impact on its contemporary context, is central to an understanding of ancient culture. The influence and exploitation of rhetoric in ancient times and modern reactions to it are the focus of this book. In recent years there has been a renaissance in the study of Greek rhetoric and oratory, informed by modern political sociology and discourse analysis. This book, bringing together the work of leading scholars in the field, examines the relation of ancient oratory and rhetoric to a variety of historical contexts and literary genres at both the theoritical and practical levels, at the same time reflecting new trends and ideas now at work
A companion to Greek rhetoric by Ian Worthington( )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This complete guide to ancient Greek rhetoric is exceptional both in its chronological range and the breadth of topics it covers. Traces the rise of rhetoric and its uses from Homer to Byzantium. Covers wider-ranging topics such as rhetoric's relationship to knowledge, ethics, religion, law, and emotion. Incorporates new material giving us fresh insights into how the Greeks saw and used rhetoric. Discusses the idea of rhetoric and examines the status of rhetoric studies, present and future. All quotations from ancient sources are translated into English
Alexander the Great : a reader by Ian Worthington( Book )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: This exciting new volume is an indispensable guide for undergraduates to the study of Alexander the Great, showing the problems of the ancient source material, and making it clear that there is no single approach to be taken. The eleven thematic chapters contain a broad selection of the most significant published articles about Alexander, examining the main areas of debate and discussion. The Reader has the distinctive feature of translating a substantial number of the more inaccessible primary sources; each chapter is also prefaced with a succinct introduction to the topic under consideration. Teachers and students will be hard-pressed to find a more informative, accessible, and comprehensive sourcebook and guide
Dinarchus, Hyperides, and Lycurgus by Dinarchus( )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He was also a deeply religious man, who tried to revive Athenian patriotism after the crushing defeat at Chaeronea."--Jacket
Alexander the Great : man and God by Ian Worthington( Book )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alexander the Great was a legend in his lifetime and he remains one today. Before the age of 33, he established a Macedonian empire that stretched from Greece in the west to India in the east. He has become a near-mythical figure whose youth, advancement of Greek culture and spectacular military success are focused on to the exclusion of other aspects of his life; the delusion, paranoia, murderous tendencies, excessive drinking and his belief that he was a god on earth." "In this personal history of Alexander, Ian Worthington discusses not only his dashing image and heroism, but also the downsides to his personality and the disintegration of his empire. The role played by King Philip II, Alexander's pretensions to personal divinity and his failure to marry and to provide a political heir, are uncovered as key factors in his decline and the chaos and bloodshed that followed his death." "Worthington argues that Alexander became corrupted by power and sacrificed the empire his father had sought to establish for his own personal ends. He suggests that Alexander came to believe he was a god, and that this belief characterised his later actions to the detriment of himself and others. Worthington thus questions whether Alexander should be afforded the epithet 'Great' or if he should be known as 'Alexander the Accursed', as the Persians call him today."--Jacket
By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire by Ian Worthington( Book )

22 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alexander the Great, arguably the most exciting figure from antiquity, waged war as a Homeric hero and lived as one, conquering native peoples and territories on a superhuman scale. From the time he invaded Asia in 334 to his death in 323, he expanded the Macedonian empire from Greece in the West to Asia Minor, the Levant, Egypt, Central Asia and 'India' (Pakistan and Kashmir) in the East. Although many other kings and generals forged empires, Alexander produced one that was without parallel, even if it was short-lived. And yet, Alexander could not have achieved what he did without the accomplishments of his father, Philip II (r. 359-336). It was Philip who truly changed the course of Macedonian history, transforming a weak, disunited, and economically backward kingdom into a military powerhouse. A warrior king par excellence, Philip left Alexander with the greatest army in the Greek world, a centralized monarchy, economic prosperity, and a plan to invade Asia. For the first time, By the Spear offers an exhilarating military narrative of the reigns of these two larger-than-life figures in one volume. Ian Worthington gives full breadth to the careers of father and son, showing how Philip was the architect of the Macedonian empire, which reached its zenith under Alexander, only to disintegrate upon his death. By the Spear also explores the impact of Greek culture in the East, as Macedonian armies became avatars of social and cultural change in lands far removed from the traditional sphere of Greek influence. In addition, the book discusses the problems Alexander faced in dealing with a diverse subject population and the strategies he took to what might be called nation building, all of which shed light on contemporary events in culturally dissimilar regions of the world. The result is a gripping and unparalleled account of the role these kings played in creating a vast empire and the enduring legacy they left behind"--
Speeches 60 and 61, Prologues, Letters by Demosthenes( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip II of Macedonia by Ian Worthington( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and French and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander the Great is probably most famous ruler of antiquity, and his spectacular conquests are recounted often, but what of his father, Philip II, who united Macedonia, created the best army in the world at the time, and conquered and annexed Greece? This biography is the first to bring Philip to life, exploring the details of his life and legacy.--[book cover]
A companion to ancient Macedonia by Joseph Roisman( )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most comprehensive and up-to-date work available on ancient Macedonian history and material culture, A Companion to Ancient Macedonia is an invaluable reference for students and scholars alike. Features new, specially commissioned essays by leading and up-and-coming scholars in the field Examines the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of ancient Macedonia from the Archaic period to the end of Roman period and beyond Discusses the importance of art, archaeology and architecture All ancient sources are translated in English Each chapter includes bibliographical essays for further reading"
Demosthenes of Athens and the fall of classical Greece by Ian Worthington( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demosthenes (384-322 BC) profoundly shaped one of the most eventful epochs in antiquity. His political career spanned three decades, during which time Greece fell victim to Macedonian control, first under Philip II and then Alexander the Great. Demosthenes' courageous defiance of Macedonian imperialism cost him his life but earned him a reputation as one of history's outstanding patriots. He also enjoyed a brilliant and lucrative career as a speechwriter, and his rhetorical skills are still emulated today by statesmen and politicians. Yet he was a sickly child with a challenging speech impediment, who was swindled out of much of his family's estate by unscrupulous guardians. His story is therefore one of triumph over adversity
A historical commentary on Dinarchus : rhetoric and conspiracy in later fourth-century Athens by Ian Worthington( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voice into text : orality and literacy in ancient Greece( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ventures into Greek history( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of essays by seventeen international scholars, dedicated to Professor Nicholas Hammond. The scope of the book is fourth-century Greek and Macedonian history, archaeology, and source studies, and is divided into these three sections. Sources studied include Thucydides, Diodorus Siculus, Arrian, and Polybius; a new archaeological site with plates is presented, as is a hitherto unpublished krater from Macedonia, and the use of numismatic evidence is used to discuss the earlier Argead monarchy in a novel and important way. Historical essays centre on Philip II's diplomacy; a new interpretation of the controversy surrounding Alexander the Great's request for deification; Antipater, a long neglected figure; a new evaluation of the Greek attitude to Macedonian hegemony; Agis III, and important and new implications for Macedonian manpower; and even Xenophon's exile. The essays represent the most recent contributions to scholarship in these areas, and exhibit a freshness in style making both appealing and important reading
Ptolemy I : king and pharaoh of Egypt by Ian Worthington( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cleopatra of Egypt is one of history's most famous rulers, but who was responsible for founding the Ptolemaic dynasty from which she came, how, and when? For the answers we go back 300 years before Cleopatra's time, to Ptolemy of Macedonia. He was a friend of Alexander the Great, fighting with him in the epic battles and sieges, which toppled the Persian Empire, and after Alexander's death taking over Egypt after the dead king's commanders carved up his vast empire among themselves. They were soon at war with each other, the co-called Wars of the Successors, as each man fought to increase his share of the spoils. They made and broke alliances with each other cynically and effortlessly, with Ptolemy showing himself no different from the others. But unlike them he had patience and cunning that arguably made him the greatest of the Successors. He built up his power base in Egypt, introduced administrative and economic reforms that made him fabulously wealthy, and as a conscious imperialist he boldly attempted to seize Greece and Macedonia and be a second Alexander. As well as his undoubted military prowess, Ptolemy was an intellectual. He founded the great Library and Museum at Alexandria, making that city the intellectual center of the entire Hellenistic age, and even patronized the mathematician Euclid. Ptolemy ruled Egypt first as satrap and then as its king and Pharaoh for forty years, until he died of natural causes in his early eighties
Epea and Grammata : oral and written communication in ancient Greece( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dinarchus. And, Hyperides by Dinarchus( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lives of the Attic orators : texts from Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume provides a complete translation of, and historical and historiographical commentary on, the lives of the ten Attic orators given by Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda. Assessing these works as important historical sources for the individual lives and careers of the orators whose works have survived, this systematic study explores how these literary biographies were constructed, the information they provide, and their veracity. In-depth commentary notes offer contextual information, explain references and examine individual rhetorical phrases, and a glossary of technical terms provides a quick reference guide to the more obscure oratorical and political terms. The volume also includes a detailed introduction which discusses the evolution of Greek oratory and rhetoric; the so-called Canon of the Ten Orators; the authorship, dates, and sources of the biographies provided by Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda; and a brief consideration of orators whose speeches were either falsely attributed to Demosthenes or may be referenced in the ancient lives
The long shadow of the ancient Greek world by Ian Worthington( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This course is taught chronologically, covering Greek history in the Archaic and Classical periods, from 750 B.C.E. to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.E. However, it is not the "usual" type of civilization course that tries to cover everything. Instead, by using history and society as a backdrop, it focuses on three major aspects that are as much a mainstay of our tradition as that of the Greeks: democracy, law, and imperialism."--Course guidebook (p. 1)
Jacoby online( )

in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authoritative resource for the study of fragmentary ancient Greek historians
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Demosthenes : statesman and orator
Persuasion : Greek rhetoric in actionA companion to Greek rhetoricAlexander the Great : a readerDinarchus, Hyperides, and LycurgusAlexander the Great : man and GodSpeeches 60 and 61, Prologues, LettersPhilip II of MacedoniaA companion to ancient Macedonia
Alternative Names
Ian Worthington Australian historian

Ian Worthington britisch-australischer Althistoriker

Ian Worthington historiador australiano

Ian Worthington historicus uit Australië

Ian Worthington historien australien

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