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Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) 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 worldhe 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 carvedup Alexanders empire into kingdoms of their own, underlaying the flourishing Hellenistic civilization that emerged after his deathBut what do we really know about Alexander In this Very Short Introduction, Hugh Bowden goes behind the usual historical accounts of Alexanders life and career Instead, he focuses on the evidence from Alexanders 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 ourhistorical understanding and the controversy they continue to generate worldwideABOUT 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

  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
  • Hugh Bowden
  • English
  • 04 June 2017

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9 thoughts on “Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

  1. Mary Banks Mary Banks says:

    This short introduction was of great help in beginning to learn about Alexander and the sources from which our information comes with consideration given to their accuracy The information provided is placed contextually within the historical period and reflects known events and the final chapter reviews the expansion of the Alexander myth An excellent read and a good starting point for further research into the subject.

  2. Customer Customer says:

    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.

  3. Dicquois Dicquois says:

    Great pr cis pocket edition with plenty of detail.

  4. Ms. D. V. granville Ms. D. V. granville says:

    extremely useful very glad I have this now

  5. battbooks battbooks says:

    This shows how amazing Alexander was and it is a pity he died so young.

  6. fan fan says:

    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.

  7. Nico Vela Nico Vela says:

    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

  8. Jon Jacobs Jon Jacobs says:

    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.

  9. dennis blackmer dennis blackmer says:

    A clear and historically engaging read Well worth both time and reflection.

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