Alexander the Great in the Land of the Rising Sun

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Image credit: Bodleian Library, MS Elliott 340 fol. 17b, ©BodleianLibrary. ​


Alexander the Great in the Land of the Rising Sun
A Journey in Manuscripts from the Eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 3pm

Weston Horton Room, Weston Library

Register via Eventbrite (13 tickets available).


To enter the Weston Library building, attendees need a valid Bodleian Card and must leave most of their belongings in the lockers downstairs. A pound coin or a Bodleian token is required to operate the lockers. For more information, visit the website. 


Convenors: Nicholas Kontovas (Nizami Ganjavi Curator for the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Ottoman Turkish) and Ugo Mondini (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages).


This seminar explores the transmission of Alexander the Great’s legend in poetry and prose through illuminated manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries. Starting from Pseudo-Callisthenes and going eastwards through different languages and cultures, the aim is to provide an overview of Alexander’s portrayal in Middle Eastern and Central Asian poetry and book arts from the Early Middle Ages to the Early Modern period. This will offer insights into past artistic, religious, and social contexts and how diverse cultures viewed their own history through the legend of Alexander.


Please see Extensive Programme here. 


For any further information, please contact Ugo Mondini at

Poetry in the Medieval World Network