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    DescriptionAlexander the Great (356-323 B.C.E.) precipitated immense historical change in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. But the resonance his legend achieved over the next two millennia stretched even farther - across foreign cultures, religious traditions, and distant nations.This engaging and handsomely illustrated book gathers together for the first time hundreds of the colourful Alexander legends that have been told and retold around the globe. Richard Stoneman, a foremost expert on the Alexander myths, introduces us first to the historical Alexander and then to the Alexander of legend, an unparalleled mythic icon who came to represent the heroic ideal in cultures from Egypt to Iceland, from Britain to Malaya.Alexander came to embody the concerns of Hellenistic man; he fueled Roman ideas on tyranny and kingship; he was a talisman for fourth-century pagans and a hero of chivalry in the early Middle Ages. He appears in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic writings, frequently as a prophet of God. Whether battling winged foxes or meeting with the Amazons, descending to the underworld or inventing the world's first diving bell, Alexander inspired as a hero, even a god. Stoneman traces Alexander's influence in ancient literature and folklore and in later writings of east and west. His book provides the definitive account of the legends of Alexander the Great - a powerful leader in life and an even more powerful figure in the history of literature and ideas.


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    Title
    Alexander the Great
    Subtitle
    A Life in Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Stoneman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300112030
    ISBN 10: 0300112033
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 938.07092
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    DC22: 809/.93351
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    LC classification: PN687.A5 S76 2008
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    30 b&w illustrations + 16 colour images
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    09 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Richard Stoneman is the author of many trade and scholarly works in the field of Greek history. Formerly Consultant to the Everyman Library on Classics, he is acknowledged as the foremost expert globally on the myths of Alexander.
    Review quote
    "The volume is highly informative in its goal of tracing the evolution of thought about Alexander through the centuries."--Dawn L./i>--Dawn L. Gilley"Bryn Mawr Classical Review" (09/19/2008)