Pharasmanes

Pharasmanes

 

Years of birth and death unknown. King of Khwarizm in the fourth century B.C.

During the march of Alexander the Great into Middle Asia, Pharasmanes led a detachment of 1,500 horsemen to Bactria, where Alexander was encamped, and concluded an alliance with him. Pharasmanes proposed a joint march into the northern Black Sea region and to Colchis, but Alexander did not accept the plan.

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And despite the contrast between the encyclopedic account of the often ambiguously located marvels in Wonders and the first-person narrative of Alexander's Indian campaign in the Letter, the former also descends from an epistolary tradition: it was compiled from a Latin adaptation of the (lost) Greek Letter of Pharasmanes to Hadrian, although the Old English text removes the epistolary frame entirely.
Neither appearance of the word us occurs near any of the text's references to Alexander the Great's exploits, avoiding the implication that the narrator participated in his campaigns (as in some versions of the Letter of Pharasmanes).
If the ambiguity of us, along with Wonders's lack of epistolary frame, allows for 'a shared sense of community among authors and [Anglo-Saxon] readers', then it also allows those readers to imagine a narrative moment close their own time and, by extension, their own coevalness with these geographically distant peoples--despite the text's content having evolved over the hundreds of years between the composition of the Letter of Pharasmanes and Wonders's Old English adaptation.
14.26.2; Barrett's attempt (1979) to remove Pharasmanes I of Iberia and Polemo II from active roles in the war is flawed, but rebuttal must be pursued elsewhere.