All Alexander's Women: The Facts

All Alexander's Women: The Facts


By (author) Robbert Bosschart


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  • Publisher: Booksurge Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 228 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 13mm | 404g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2010
  • ISBN 10: 1439272018
  • ISBN 13: 9781439272015
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,237,747

Product description

In Alexander's life story, the classical sources mention 33 women whose presence had a minor or major impact on his career. Only his mother Olympias is amply described - but always to negative effect - while the others merely appear in fleeting anecdotes. This betrays the bias of the Greek and Roman writers, unwilling to see women in an independent and positive role. But in All Alexander's Women, the author now reveals their true importance. The most decisive is Sisygambis, queen-mother of Persia. Her relationship with the Macedonian conqueror proves they came to share a dream: a new world empire that would combine the genius of Cyrus the Great and of Alexander the Great. That multi-cultural society would have advanced women's rights by 2,000 years. All 33 "women of Alexander," from his adoptive mothers to a mysterious soothsayer, and from a Greek sex bomb to a valiant Indian queen, now are the fascinating guiding lights of this book.

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Author information

Robbert Bosschart (1945, the Netherlands), since 1966 foreign correspondent in Spain for the Dutch public television NOS and other international media. Also, simultaneous interpreter for the coverage of live events at CNN-Plus. As a writer, specialised in the period of Alexander the Great, and so, speaker at the 2010 Historians' Congress titled "Alexander & Darius" at Amsterdam University. Subsequently, invited as speaker at public lectures for the Alexander Exhibitions held at the Hermitage in Amsterdam, and at the Madrid exhibition centre Canal YII.