Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

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By (author) Robin Lane Fox

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 30mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 4 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141020768
  • ISBN 13: 9780141020761
  • Sales rank: 33,252

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From award-winning historian Robin Lane Fox, "Alexander the Great" searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time. Tough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in 323 BC aged thirty-two, his vast empire comprised more than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements were unparalleled - he had excelled as leader to his men, founded eighteen new cities and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East. The myth he created is as potent today as it was in the ancient world. Combining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, "Alexander the Great" brings this colossal figure vividly to life. "So enjoyable and well-written...Fox's book became my main guide through Alexander's amazing story". (Oliver Stone, director of "Alexander"). "I do not know which to admire most, his vast erudition or his imaginative grasp of so remote and complicated a period and such a complex personality". (Cyril Connolly, "Sunday Times"). "An achievement of Alexandrian proportions". ("New Statesman"). Robin Lane Fox was the main historical advisor to Oliver Stone on his film "Alexander", and took part in many of its most dramatic re-enactments. His books include "The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome", "The Unauthorised Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible", "Travelling Heroes: Greeks and their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer" and "Pagans and Christians in the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine".

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Robin Lane Fox was the main historical advisor to Oliver Stone on his Alexander film, and took part in many of its most dramatic re-enactions. He has been University Reader in Ancient History at Oxford University since 1990 and Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford, since 1977. His books and articles include major works on the relation between the pagan and early Christian religions of the Roman Empire and his forthcoming History of the Ancient World will be published by Penguin in autumn 2005.

Editorial reviews

Alexander could be said to have pioneered the blitzkrieg form of warfare thousands of years before Hitler came along. While still in his twenties he led vast armies on a sweep of the East, conquering one nation after another and leaving new cities to his glory wherever he went. All that is documented history, but in this updated version of a book first published in 1973, Fox looks behind the ancient accounts and sets out to find what kind of a person Alexander really was. Some of his conclusions are startling. Once seen with a human face, the fixated warrior assumes a new persona that is sometimes scary, sometimes winning. Fox also looks at the people behind Alexander, including his mother whom, he conjectures, may have conspired to have her husband murdered. The book is erudite and finely detailed, peeling back centuries of history to show one of the truly epic figures in a bold new light.(Kirkus UK)