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Alexander The Great

Author : Philip Freeman
ISBN : 9781439193280
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded. Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander’s death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra. In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander’s astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing—which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.

Alexander The Great

Author : John Gunther
ISBN : 1402741391
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Relates the story of Alexander the Great who, at only age 21, became King of Macedonia and set off on a twelve-year journey to conquer the known world and extend the boundaries of Greek civilization.

Alexander The Great

Author : Hugh Bowden
ISBN : 9780198706151
Genre : History
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In 336 BC Alexander the Great became king of Macedon. During his twelve-year reign he conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest to have yet existed, and in the process had a profound effect on the world he moved through. In this examination of his life and career, Hugh Bowden explores his cultural and historical legacy.

Alexander The Great

Author : Robin Lane Fox
ISBN : 0140088784
Genre : Generals
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First published, 1973. Biography of one of Greece's greatest ancient heroes

Alexander The Great

Author : Thomas R. Martin
ISBN : 9780521767484
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place.

Alexander The Great

Author : Ulrich Wilcken
ISBN : 0393003817
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Presents the distinguished scholar's classic biography of the Greek conqueror, supplemented by detailed textual notes

Alexander The Great

Author : Michael Burgan
ISBN : 0756518725
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Biography of Alexander the Great, king and general, who by his death at age 32 had conquered much of the known world.

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