Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C. : a historical biography, by the Great Alexander; the Great Alexander; Green, Peter

By the Great Alexander; the Great Alexander; Green, Peter

Until lately, renowned biographers and such a lot students considered Alexander the nice as a genius with a plan, a romantic determine pursuing his imaginative and prescient of a united global. His dream used to be now and then characterised as a benevolent curiosity within the brotherhood of guy, occasionally as a brute curiosity within the workout of strength. eco-friendly, a Cambridge-trained classicist who's additionally a novelist, portrays Alexander as either a fancy character and a single-minded basic, a guy in a position to such varied expediencies as patricide or the bloodbath of civilians. eco-friendly describes his Alexander as "not merely the main significant (and formidable) box commander in heritage, but additionally supremely detached to all these administrative excellences and idealistic yearnings foisted upon him by way of later generations, in particular those that chanced on the conqueror, tout court docket, a bit tough upon their liberal sensibilities."

This biography starts off no longer with one of many universally identified incidents of Alexander's lifestyles, yet with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire used to be the 1st at the continent of Europe to have an successfully centralized govt and army. What Philip and Macedonia needed to provide, Alexander made his personal, yet Philip and Macedonia additionally made Alexander shape an enormous context for knowing Alexander himself. but his origins and coaching don't absolutely clarify the fellow. After he used to be named hegemon of the Hellenic League, many philosophers got here to congratulate Alexander, yet one was once conspicuous via his absence: Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay bathtub. Piqued and curious, Alexander himself visited the thinker, who, whilst requested if there has been whatever Alexander may do for him, made the recognized answer, "Don't stand among me and the sun." Alexander's courtiers jeered, yet Alexander silenced them: "If I weren't Alexander, i'd be Diogenes." This comment was once as unforeseen in Alexander because it will be in a latest leader.

For the final reader, the ebook, redolent with gritty information and entirely conscious of Alexander's darker facet, bargains a gripping story of Alexander's profession. complete backnotes, fourteen maps, and chronological and genealogical tables serve readers with extra really good interests.

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Olynthus surrendered in 379; the Chalcidic League wastemporarily - broken up; and the Spartans doubtless went home congratulating themselves on having done a statesmanlike job of work. In fact their action constituted one of the most disastrous errors of judgement imaginable. Forty years later they - along with every other city-state, not least Athens and Thebes - realized the truth: that they had fatally weakened the one power-group which might conceivably have checkmated Macedonia's meteoric rise to power before it was well begun.

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Nor, indeed, have I simply reissued my first draft and restored that draft's documentation. At countless points I have revised my opinions (sometimes as a result of cogent criticism, both public and private, sometimes after reading new books and articles published since 1968-g) and incorporated such revisions in the final text as here presented. I am greatly indebted to my fellow-workers in the field of Alexander studies : this time I am happy to be able to acknowledge the many and varied benefits I have derived from their scholarly publications, privatim et seriatim, in my notes and references.

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