Alexander the Great: Son of the Gods

Alexander the Great: Son of the Gods

Paperback Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum

By (author) Alan Fildes, By (author) Joann Fletcher

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  • Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute,US
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 177mm x 252mm x 15mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 0892367830
  • ISBN 13: 9780892367832
  • Sales rank: 856,551

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Admired for more than two millennia for the feats that he accomplished in a short life of thirty-two years, King Alexander III of Macedon is the most celebrated figure of classical antiquity. "Alexander the Great: Son of the Gods presents an intimate and fascinating portrait of the man who created the greatest empire the world had ever seen. In a year-by-year chronicle, the book explores Alexander's stormy relationship with his father, King Philip, and the influence of his mother, Queen Olympias; his brilliant leadership, outwitting opponents and inspiring his devoted troops; and his life on the march and off duty. Generously illustrated with ancient art from museums around the world, this is an engrossing, accessible biography of a legendary man. This paperback edition of the successful hardcover publication is being issued to coincide with the release of a major motion picture on the life of Alexander, slated for November of this year.

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Alan Fildes is a historian of the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations with particular specialization in the career of Alexander the Great, the Old Kingdom and related pyramid sites, and hieroglyphs. He has lectured extensively, and his published work includes numerous articles and reviews in the Egyptology magazine Nile Offerings. He is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists, the Sudan Archaeological Research Society, and the Egypt Exploration Society. Joann Fletcher, Ph.D., is Honorary Research Fellow at York University and consultant Egyptologist at Harrogate Museums and Arts. Her research on Alexander the Great and his Egyptian successors has led her to investigate many of the Greek and Egyptian sites relating to Alexander and the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Among her publications are Ancient Egypt: Life, Myth and Art and Egypt's Sun King. She also contributes articles on archaeology to The Guardian newspaper and to the BBC History web site.