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The modern mythology of the left-handedness of Alexander the Great

McManus, IC; (2006) The modern mythology of the left-handedness of Alexander the Great. LATERALITY , 11 (6) 566 - 572. 10.1080/13576500600867473.

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Abstract

The prevalent modern suggestion that Alexander the Great was left-handed probably derives from Michael Barsley's (1966) book, Left-handed man in a right-handed world, perhaps by mutation from an earlier story cited by Wile in 1934 from a 17th century Rabbinical exegesis, which said that Alexander discovered a country where all the inhabitants were left-handed. That itself may derive in part from the medieval Hebrew Book of Josippon, which mentions Alexander talking of the superiority of the left hand and of how "kings stemming from the tribe of kings are left-handed''.

Type: Article
Title: The modern mythology of the left-handedness of Alexander the Great
DOI: 10.1080/13576500600867473
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/130165
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