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Alexander the Great
 
 
Author
Philip Freeman.
Publisher History Book Club  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781620907108
Pages/Publication Date 391/2011
Daedalus Item Code 42282
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Also the biographer of Julius Caesar and Saint Patrick, classicist and historian Philip Freeman here tells the remarkable life story of one of the most enduring figures in history. A Macedonian king, the son of Philip II and the student of Aristotle, Alexander established the greatest empire of the ancient world—Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan—and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. In his lively and authoritative biography, Freeman describes Alexander's astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror.

"Even before Alexander's death, in 323 BCE, his legend had accelerated, aided considerably by his highly effective skills of self-promotion. Classics professor Freeman has written a compact biography that avoids the pitfalls of romanticizing or understanding the personality of Alexander. It is a well-written, chronological narrative that allows Alexander's remarkable career and achievements to speak for themselves. Freeman doesn't ignore the thuggish aspects of Alexander's efforts, but he does correctly place them within the context of the rather nasty world of both Macedonian and Asian political and military struggles. He also pays ample tribute to Alexander's father, Philip, whose diplomatic and military skills molded the disparate hill tribes of Macedonia into the dominant power in Greece. Justifiably, it is Alexander's conquest of the Persian Empire and northern India that forms the bulk of the story and reveals his true genius, including his leadership, expertise in siege warfare, and ability to hold together what evolved into a huge, diverse army. General readers will appreciate this fine account of a man truly deserving of the title Great."—Booklist

 
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