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- Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
- Hugh Bowden
- 07 December 2018 Hugh Bowden
Alexander the Great became king of Macedon inBC, when he was onlyyears old, and died at the age of , twelve years later During his reign he conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest empire that had ever existed, leading his army from Greece to Pakistan, and from the Libyan desert to the steppes of Central Asia His meteoric career, as leader of an alliance of Greek cities, Pharaoh of Egypt, and King of Persia, had a profound effect on the world he moved through Even in his lifetime his achievements became legendary and in the centuries that following his story was told and retold throughout Europe and the East Greek became the language of power in the Eastern Mediterranean and much of the Near East, as powerful Macedonian dynasts carved up Alexander s empire into kingdoms of their own, underlaying the flourishing Hellenistic civilization that emerged after his death But what do we really know about Alexander In this Very Short Introduction, Hugh Bowden goes behind the usual historical accounts of Alexander s life and career Instead, he focuses on the evidence from Alexander s own time letters from officials in Afghanistan, Babylonian diaries, records from Egyptian temples to try and understand how Alexander appeared to those who encountered him In doing so he also demonstrates the profound influence the legends of his life have had on our historical understanding and the controversy they continue to generate worldwide ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable This shows how amazing Alexander was and it is a pity he died so young. Great pr cis pocket edition with plenty of detail. extremely useful very glad I have this now A personal favorite historical figure, this book covers the basics of Alexander the great, and what his accomplishments did for the era he lived in A great read An untrustworthy whitewash Puts the most positive spin possible on everything Alexander did Even the murder of Cleitus is mumbled away as a mere drinking incident, with no attempt at analysis Gives no insight imho into the character of Alexander and how the known evidence suggests he should be viewed. I learned about Alexander the Great from this book than in all the other reading I ve done on the subject It feels like all the reading of done so far about the Macedonian in question has been to prepare me for appreciating this wonderful book.My life now feels complete as understanding what s known about Alexander the Great is something I ve long wanted to do.Properly studied, and this book is a very proper study, Alexander the Great affords incredible insight into the human condition and I , therefore, consider this book to be an extremely important book in addition to it being a really good read. A clear and historically engaging read Well worth both time and reflection. This is a quite readable book, well and comprehensively researched from historical documents, with sensible comments from the author about how accurate those documents are likely to be A sound record, without too much drama.