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Worthington, Ian

Works: 46 works in 339 publications in 5 languages and 12,510 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Military history  Handbooks and manuals  Sources  Eulogies  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: DF233, 885.01
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Most widely held works by Ian Worthington
By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire by Ian Worthington( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 599 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"-
Philip II of Macedonia by Ian Worthington( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and French and held by 575 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]
Alexander the Great : man and God by Ian Worthington( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 575 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
A companion to Greek rhetoric by Ian Worthington( Book )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to ancient Greek rhetoric, this work traces the history of rhetoric from Homer through to Byzantium. It provides an overview of rhetorical theory and practice, offers accounts of the most important orators and rhetoricians, and considers the relationship between rhetoric and society, and rhetoric and literature
Persuasion : Greek rhetoric in action by Ian Worthington( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 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
Demosthenes : statesman and orator( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and French and held by 381 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
Voice into text : orality and literacy in ancient Greece by International Conference on Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historical commentary on Dinarchus : rhetoric and conspiracy in later fourth-century Athens by Ian Worthington( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 348 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
Ventures into Greek history( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 323 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
Dinarchus, Hyperides, and Lycurgus by Dinarchus( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He was also a deeply religious man, who tried to revive Athenian patriotism after the crushing defeat at Chaeronea."--Jacket
Speeches 60 and 61, Prologues, Letters by Demosthenes( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dinarchus. And, Hyperides by Dinarchus( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy I : king and pharaoh of Egypt by Ian Worthington( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first full-length biography of Ptolemy I of Egypt in English. From his boyhood friendship with Alexander the Great to his reign as king and pharaoh of Egypt, Ptolemy's story is one of ambition and ruthlessness as he helped shape Egypt's history and that of the early Hellenistic world
Lives of the Attic orators : texts from Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 136 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 67 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)
Alexander the Great : A reader by Ian Worthington( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With his unprecedented conquests from Greece in the west to India in the east, Alexander the Great was the type of man that legends are made of. Therein lies the problem for those studying him. Ought we to accept the image of a dashing king enjoying a string of spectacular successes, or adopt a more cynical evaluation, taking note of all the negative aspects of his reign? In the light of the evidence at our disposal, does he even deserve to be called 'Great'?" "This exciting new volume is 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."--BOOK JACKET
A Companion to Ancient Macedonia [electronic resource] by Ian Worthington( Book )

in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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A companion to Greek rhetoric
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Ian Worthington Australian historian

Ian Worthington britisch-australischer Althistoriker

Ian Worthington historiador australiano

Ian Worthington historicus uit Australië

Alexander the Great : man and GodA companion to Greek rhetoricPersuasion : Greek rhetoric in actionDemosthenes : statesman and oratorDinarchus, Hyperides, and LycurgusSpeeches 60 and 61, Prologues, LettersDinarchus. And, HyperidesAlexander the Great : A reader