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Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth

Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Norman F. Cantor

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 15mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 006057013X
  • ISBN 13: 9780060570132
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 768,745

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Relying on four biographies of Alexander's contemporaries, combined with modern psychiatric and cultural studies, Cantor describes Alexander's relations with his parents, his Oedipal complex and his bisexuality. At the center of the book are Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, especially his using Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War, as his model. Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt. The result is a psychological and cultural study of a great figure of the ancient world whose often puzzling personality had so much to do with his career.

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Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include In the Wake of the Plague, Inventing the Middle Ages, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.

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By Samuel 12 Apr 2011 5

A detailed and thorough look at Alexander The Great's life without indulging in the fantasy and myth which inevitably surrounds major historical figures.