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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. Alexander came to embody the concerns of Hellenistic man; he fueled Roman ideas on tyranny and kingship; and, 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 literatures 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. This title is short-listed for the 2009 Runciman Award, administered by the Anglo-Hellenic League and sponsored by the National Bank of Greece.

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    Alexander the Great
    A Life in Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Stoneman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300164015
    ISBN 10: 0300164017

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    LC classification: PA
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190, BIO006000
    DC22: 809.93351
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, DSBB, NHC
    Illustrations note
    46 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    30 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Richard Stoneman is the author of many scholarly and trade works in the field of Greek history. Formerly Consultant to the Everyman Library on Classics, he is globally acknowledged as the foremost expert on the myths of Alexander.
    Review quote
    "'Alexander the Great enjoyed one of the most spectacularly glorious of human lives. His afterlife, as Richard Stoneman's masterly new survey amply documents, was every bit as spectacular and glory-bringing. Look on his fame, ye mighty, and despair! Or rather, read this literally marvelous book by one of the world's leading authorities on the multifarious Alexander-legend. Hero or villain: there is an Alexander here for every conceivable taste.' Paul Cartledge, Cambridge University 'The volume is highly informative in its goal of tracing the evolution of thought about Alexander through the centuries.' Dawn L. Gilley, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'In this impressive volume the many varicoloured threads of the legend of Sultan Iskander are skilfully woven into a fascinating fabric. Stoneman has successfully faced an awesome challenge in marshalling a huge body of diverse and complex material into an ordered whole, subtly highlighting the factors which have given Alexander's legend such an enduring and widespread appeal and the ways in which it has been adapted to very different cultures.' Stephanie West, Oxford University"