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The Alexander Chronicle (BCHP 1): Notes
Bust of Alexander the Great, from Delos, now in the Louvre.
Alexander Chronicle (BCHP 1; a.k.a. ABC 8, Chronicle 8) is one
of the historiographical texts from ancient Babylonia.
It deals with events from the reigns of the Persian king Darius
III Codomannus and his Macedonian
The cuneiform tablet (BM 36304) is in the
British Museum and was first published by A.K. Grayson in 1975 in a book
called Assyrian and Babylonian Chronicles. On this website, a new
reading is proposed by Bert van der Spek of the Free University of Amsterdam
(Netherlands). The official publication can be found in Achaemenid History
(2003). An alternative reading, not by Van der Spek, is proposed
Cf. Livy I 39.3: Tanaquil to her husband after the prodigy of the child with the flames around the head: scire licet hunc lumen quondam rebus nostris dubiis futurum; also attested in Virgil (suggestion C.H.M. Kroon, Amsterdam).
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