Research Programs: Public Scholars

Period of Performance

6/1/2021 - 5/31/2022

Funding Totals

$60,000.00 (approved)
$60,000.00 (awarded)

The Last Years of Alexander the Great (330-323 BCE)

FAIN: FZ-272211-20

Rachel Kousser
CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)

Research and writing of a book on the final years of Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE).

The Last Years of Alexander the Great (330-323 BCE) uses the story of the Macedonian king's neglected late career to convey a new, accessible narrative about the conquest of the Persian Empire as experienced by the conquered. It departs from previous biographies, more focused on Alexander's early successes and on the Greco-Roman literary sources, and examines instead his years of struggle in Afghanistan, Central Asia, Pakistan, and Iran, as he faced external rebellions and internal conspiracies in a brutal, unforgiving landscape. It also uses archaeological evidence—the concrete and vivid material traces of Alexander's journey—to complement and counter the elite ancient writers who give us only a classical perspective on his achievements, never a Persian one. In doing so, the book reframes the history of the first European empire in the Middle East.