By Vincent Barletta
Though Alexander the good lived greater than seventeen centuries prior to the onset of Iberian growth into Muslim Africa and Asia, he loomed huge within the literature of overdue medieval and early glossy Portugal and Spain. Exploring little-studied chronicles, chivalric romances, novels, travelogues, and crypto-Muslim texts, Vincent Barletta indicates that the tale of Alexander not just sowed the seeds of Iberian empire yet foreshadowed the decline of Portuguese and Spanish impression within the centuries to come.
Death in Babylon depicts Alexander as a fancy image of Western domination, immortality, dissolution, heroism, villainy, and dying. yet Barletta additionally indicates that texts ostensibly celebrating the conqueror have been haunted by way of failure. interpreting literary and old works in Aljamiado, Castilian, Catalan, Greek, Latin, and Portuguese, Death in Babylon develops a view of empire and modernity proficient by way of the moral metaphysics of French phenomenologist Emmanuel Levinas. a singular contribution to the literature of empire construction, Death in Babylon offers a body for the deep mortal anxiousness that has infused and given form to the unfold of imperial Europe from its very beginning.
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Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient by Vincent Barletta