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9 - The Slavic Alexander

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 January 2022

Richard Stoneman
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University of Exeter
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The Alexander Romance was translated from different languages into Slavonic and within the Slavic realm enjoyed a long-lasting life from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. Translations circulated between different kingdoms and Alexander’s deeds were the matter of the first literary work composed in Old Czech. From various traditions and at different times, Alexander of Macedon was mainly known as a fully Christianised prince, a model to follow, either for having enclosed the Impure Peoples, or for having been able to listen and learn from Aristotle, or even ascend into the heavens. We have more than one Slavic Alexander, and not only due to the source language used. We have as many Alexanders as the political and propagandistic needs of the time required, until the printing press arrived and the Alexander as an explorer became clearly the most popular.

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