Arrian Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Bosworth, A. B. “Arrian and the Alani.” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 81 (1977): 217-55.

Studies Arrian's account of the attack on Cappadocia by the Germanic Alani tribe in Order of the Battle against the Alani.

———. From Arrian to Alexander: Studies in Historical Interpretation. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, 225 p.

Analysis of Arrian's treatment of Alexander, including a discussion of Arrian's historical method and his utilization of his sources.

———. “Arrian and Rome: The Minor Works.” Aufstieg und Niedergang der Romische Welt 34, No. 1 (1993): 226-75.

Examines Arrian's Cynegeticus, Periplus, Tactica, and Order of Battle against the Alani. Bosworth also reviews the influence of the philosopher Xenophon on Arrian's writing.

Falconer, William. “A Geographical Dissertation.” In Arrian's Voyage Round the Euxine Sea, pp. 23-91. Oxford, 1805.

Detailed discussion of the specifics of Arrian's geographic work.

Hammond, N. G. L. “Arrian's Sources for the Anabasis Alexandrou.” In Sources for Alexander the Great: An Analysis of Plutarch's “Life” and Arrian's “Anabasis Alexandrou,” pp. 189-312. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Studies Arrian's historical methodology and discusses his use of sources for each portion of Alexander's life as covered in the Anabasis.

Hyland, Ann. Training the Roman Cavalry: From Arrian's “Ars Tactica.” Phoenix Mill, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1993, 197 p.

Explores various aspects of the military training and experience of the Roman army as described in Arrian's writings.

Schepens, Guido. “Arrian's View of His Task as Alexander-Historian.” Ancient Society 2 (1971): 254-68.

Reviews the critical debate over whether Arrian's intentions were more historical or literary in composing the Anabasis, and argues that Arrian's choice of subject was informed by his Stoic outlook on life and his belief in divine providence.

Stadter, Philip A. “Flavius Arrianus: The New Xenophon.” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 8, No. 2 (1967): 155-61.

Compares the literary activities of Xenophon and those of Arrian, and comments on the influence of Xenophon on Arrian's writings.

Wheeler, Everett L. “The Occasion of Arrian's Tactica.Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 19 (1978): 351-65.

Investigates Arrian's purpose in writing Tactica, suggesting that he intended to use the work “as an ecomium on the occasion of Hadrian's vicennalia.