Alexander the Great

Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439193282
Release Date: 2011-01-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded. Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander’s death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra. In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander’s astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing—which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.

The Life of Alexander the Great

Author: Plutarch
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9781588363473
Release Date: 2004-04-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In 336 b.c. Philip of Macedonia was assassinated and his twenty-year-old son, Alexander, inherited his kingdom. Immediately quelling rebellion, Alexander extended his father’s empire through-out the Middle East and into parts of Asia, fulfilling the soothsayer Aristander’s prediction that the new king “should perform acts so important and glorious as would make the poets and musicians of future ages labour and sweat to describe and celebrate him.” The Life of Alexander the Great is one of the first surviving attempts to memorialize the achievements of this legendary king, remembered today as the greatest military genius of all time. This exclusive Modern Library edition, excerpted from Plutarch’s Lives, is a riveting tale of honor, power, scandal, and bravery written by the most eminent biographer of the ancient world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Alexander of Macedon 356 323 B C

Author: Peter Green
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520275867
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This biography begins not with one of the universally known incidents of Alexander's life, but with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire was the first on the continent of Europe to have an effectively centralized government and military. What Philip and Macedonia had to offer, Alexander made his own, but Philip and Macedonia also made Alexander form an important context for understanding Alexander himself. Yet his origins and training do not fully explain the man. After he was named hegemon of the Hellenic League, many philosophers came to congratulate Alexander, but one was conspicuous by his absence: Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay tub. Piqued and curious, Alexander himself visited the philosopher, who, when asked if there was anything Alexander could do for him, made the famous reply, "Don't stand between me and the sun." Alexander's courtiers jeered, but Alexander silenced them: "If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes." This remark was as unexpected in Alexander as it would be in a modern leader. -- Publisher.

The Army of Alexander the Great

Author: Stephen English
ISBN: IND:30000127024994
Release Date: 2009-05-20
Genre: History

Alexander the Great is one of the most famous men in history, and many believe he was the greatest military genius of all time (Julius Caesar wept at the feet of his statue in envy of his achievements). Most of his thirteen year reign as king of Macedon was spent in hard campaigning which conquered half the known world, during which he was never defeated in open battle and never besieged a city he did not take. Yet, while biographies of Alexander abound, there are relatively few full-length books dedicated to the Macedonian army which made his dazzling conquests possible and which proved itself the most formidable machine of the age. Stephen English investigates every aspect of the Macedonian forces, analysing the recruitment, equipment, organisation, tactics, command and control of the fighting arms (including the famous pike phalanxes, elite Hypaspists and incomparable Companion cavalry),Some of Alexander's most famous battles and sieges are described in detail to show the army in action. With forensic thoroughness he draws on recent archaeological evidence and scholarship to present a detailed portrait of the army which demonstrated a superiority over its opponents equal to (but much longer-lasting than) that enjoyed by the German forces in the blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40. Alexnader's navy is also covered.

The Genius of Alexander the Great

Author: N Hammond
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth
ISBN: 0715633414
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Generals

"As a commander of men of many races, Alexander was and is incomparable. As a statesman he envisaged, and to some extent created, an ecumenical kingdom which rose above race and nation and which enjoyed peace and prosperity, extending from his birthplace in Macedonia to the borders of Kashmir. His intellect and charismatic personality so fascinated those he conquered that they served in his army and administration and adopted him as the hero of their quasi-mythical romances. We have much to learn today from this genius of a man who died having achieved so much at the age of thirty-two."--BOOK JACKET.

Who Was Alexander the Great

Author: Kathryn Waterfield
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780448484235
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Alexander the Great conquers the New York Times best-selling Who Was...? series! When Alexander was a boy in ancient Macedon, he already had grand ambitions. He complained that his father, the great king of Macedon, wasn't leaving anything for him to conquer! This, of course, was not the case. King Alexander went on to control most of the known world of the time. His victories won him many supporters, but they also earned him enemies. This easy-to-read biography offers a fascinating look at the life of Alexander and the world he lived in.

Alexander the Great

Author: John Gunther
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 1402741391
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Relates the story of Alexander the Great who, at only age 21, became King of Macedonia and set off on a twelve-year journey to conquer the known world and extend the boundaries of Greek civilization.

Alexander the Great

Author: Jane Bingham
Publisher: Usborne Pub Limited
ISBN: 0794508693
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents the life and military leadership of the famous Macedonian general and king.

Alexander the Great

Author: Lewis Vance Cummings
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802141498
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Presents a vivid, readable biography of a brilliant, often contradictory leader, from his youth in Macedonia as the son of King Philip and Queen Olympia, his education by Aristotle, his military conquests, and his influence on the ancient world. Reprint.

Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army

Author: Donald W. Engels
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520042727
Release Date: 1980
Genre: History

The most important work on Alexander the Great to appear in a long time. Engels uses all the archaeological work done in Asia in the past generation and makes it accessible. Careful analysis of terrain, climate, and supply requirements are throughout combined in a fashion to help account for Alexander's strategic decision in the light of the options open to him. The chief merit of this splendid book is the way in which it brings an ancient army to life, as it really was and moved: the hours it took for simple operations of washing and cooking and feeding animals; the train of noncombatants moving with the army--New York Review of Books.

Life of Alexander

Author: Plutarch
ISBN: 1722725915
Release Date: 2018-07-07

Plutarch was a Greek biographer and essayist who lived c. AD 46 - AD 120. He is known primarily for his Parallel Lives - a series of biographies of Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to highlight their common moral virtues and vices. Written in Greek for a Roman and Greek audience, Parallel Lives have come to be regarded as a cornerstone of Western literature. Plutarch's Life of Alexander, written as a parallel to that of Julius Caesar, is one of only five extant tertiary sources on the reign of Alexander III of Macedon, better known to history as Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BC). The following text is based on the Dryden translation of 1683, which was then edited in 1859 by Arthur Hugh Clough. The text as presented remains true to the original work, however, the present author has deemed it beneficial to submit the text to further minor editing - correcting small errors in grammar, spelling, use of archaic language in a handful of places, etc.

Alexander the Great

Author: Thomas R. Martin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521767484
Release Date: 2012-09-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place.

Alexander the Great

Author: Alan Fildes
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 0892367830
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Alexander the Great and His Time

Author: Dr. Agnes Savill
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 9781787201064
Release Date: 2016-10-21
Genre: History

This is a full study of the work and personality, the successes and failures of Alexander of Macedon as set forth by historians of his own and succeeding centuries. Unique features in this romantic, adventurous story are the chapters on the dismemberment of the empire, the after-results, and the very contradictory estimates drawn by numerous historians. The chapters on Alexander’s character, his background, his education, and his time explain certain little-known aspects of his achievement and his purpose in life.