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    The Life of Alcibiades (Paperback) By (author) E F Benson, Edited by Craig Paterson, Introduction by Craig Paterson

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    DescriptionAlcibiades (ca. 450 BC-ca. 404 BC), was the charismatic and controversial bisexual Athenian general and politician who promoted the Peloponnesian war against rival Sparta, who subsequently inspired Athens's failed Sicilian Expedition, and who later allied himself with two of Athens's biggest enemies: Sparta and Persia. His actions gravely affected the future of Athens and his motives and reasons for acting as he did are indeed the stuff of fascinating biography.Alcibiades's extraordinary beauty, great wealth, ostentatious vanity, male and female amours, debaucheries, and impious revels earned him notoriety not only in Athens but throughout the Hellenic world. In subsequent ages his name was used as a near by-word for all kinds of excess. But, as Benson argues, reappraising Alcibiades's reputation, great as were his vices, his virtues were even greater ...Although The Life of Alcibiades was originally published in 1928, and there have been other newer detailed works published on Alcibiades since then, no other work captures the passion and the excitement of the brilliant but erratic career of Alcibiades as Benson's biography does. As the reader will discover, Benson evidently has much sympathy for his subject and this brings the entire biography to life. He combines detailed research, especially his use of primary materials from Thucydides and Plutarch, with writing flare, not an easy accomplishment.Front cover photograph: "Alcibiades", Ideal Male Portrait. Marble. Roman copy after a Greek original of the 4th century BC. Palazzo dei Conservatori, Hall of the Triumphs. Back cover photograph: E. F. Benson, aged 26.

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    The Life of Alcibiades
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) E F Benson, Edited by Craig Paterson, Introduction by Craig Paterson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 310
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9781456303334
    ISBN 10: 1456303333

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC classification: DF
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    Publication date
    17 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    North Charleston SC