Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great : The Story of an Ancient Life


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Everything we know about Alexander comes from ancient sources, which agree unanimously that he was extraordinary and greater than everyday mortals. From his birth into a hypercompetitive world of royal women through his training under the eyes and fists of stern soldiers and the piercing intellect of Aristotle; through friendships, rivalries, conquests and negotiations; through acts of generosity and acts of murder, this book explains who Alexander was, what motivated him, where he succeeded (in his own eyes) and where he failed, and how he believed that he earned a new 'mixed' nature combining the human and the divine. This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place and rejects modern judgments asserted on the basis of an implicit moral superiority to antiquity.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 16mm | 458.13g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 maps
  • 0521767482
  • 9780521767484

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'... well edited ... the authors have told an interesting tale and one whose argument provides an interesting foil to the bulk of contemporary Alexander scholarship.' David W. Madsen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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About Thomas R. Martin

Thomas R. Martin is the Jeremiah W. O'Connor, Jr Professor in Classics at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the author of Ancient Greece and (with Ivy Sui-yuen) Herodotus and Sima Qian. Christopher W. Blackwell is the Louis G. Forgione University Professor of Classics at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the author of In the Absence of Alexander: Harpalus and the Failure of Macedonian Authority and (with Amy Hackney Blackwell) Mythology for Dummies.

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