The Correspondence between Aristotle and Alexander the Great
An Anonymous Greek Novel in Letters in Arabic Translation
Documenta et monographiae V.
Year of release: 2006
Number of pages: 112, 149
Language: English, Arabic
A hitherto unknown Arabic novel in letters containing correspondence between Aristotle and Alexander the Great. The Arabic text, which is quite probably the first to be written in prose, was translated from Greek into Arabic under the reign of the Umayyad Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik. Parts of the novel are well-known as independent treatises (Pseudo-Aristotle’s De mundo and Sirr al-asrar, etc.), however, the novel as such, in the form of a novel in letters that serves as a handbook of epistolography as well as of political and moral philosophy, was unknown until the addition of this manuscript.