Assignment2 - Does Plutarch say anything positive about...

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Does Plutarch say anything positive about Alexander, and would you characterize this account as generally positive? Plutarch says a lot of positive things about Alexander. He praised Alexander about the way he smelled (strange as it may be), his love of learning, his self-restraints especially when it came to indulging in pleasures of the flesh, his generosity as a king (Plutarch gives an anecdote of a Macedonian who was bearing the burden of royal gold on his own back and Alexander allows him to take the gold with him), and to some extent Alexander’s efforts to assimilate into the culture he conquers (like when he wore Parthian garments and mingled with Parthians as a way to rule them through good will). I would agree that this account is generally positive because there were a lot of good qualities that were described in detail whereas some of the bad qualities (which I intend to talk about in the next question) were not elaborated on too much. Do you notice any negative observations in this account?
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2009 for the course HISTORY 201 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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