Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Book - 2011
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A lively, entertaining, and historically accurate new biography of Alexander, with new insights into the Macedonian world that shaped him.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416592808
1416592806
Characteristics: xxii, 391 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm

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donkeyhote
Jul 20, 2016

I took a course of Ancient Greek history in college and I read a few books on Alexander. His tutor was Aristoteles, but Alexander did not take all his advice, and looks like he made himself independent. And at age 33 he died in the deserted Babylon. He did not respect anything or anybody, including the Oracle of Delfi. And by a burst of temper he killed his own friend the Black Cleitus, who had saved his life in a battle with the Persians. So, he was a sort of crazy guy. He even went to India, won a battle but could not keep that country under his control, so why do this carzy roaming around and beating everybody up? Some historians suppose that his death in Babylon was a case of poisoning, because he diverged much from the instructions he got from Aristoteles. Aristoteles taught him that other races, Persians too were just slave material, but he encouraged his soldiers to marry Persian women, and as the Persians were much superior in number to the Greeks, the original Greek race got mixed and in general they don't look that same as they originally did. OK, now, why is this crazy world conqueror called "Great?" And why is Cyrus, the Persian king who occupied Babyon called also "Great?" And why does Immanuel Velikovsky, the famous historian call some Egyptian Pharaohs "Great" and others not? OK, it looks like those who describe history for us have some secret reason for calling some leaders "Great". What can be the reason? I reason that those leaders belonged to some ancient secret, elite international Orders and today's leaders pay tribute to them. Maybe some of today's leaders are descendants of them. And they don't tell us the real reason why some leaders were "Great." Looks like some ancient Globalists were those who are "Great" today.

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CycleV
Jul 19, 2016

The Library Journal review brings up some decent criticism, but this book was highly entertaining. And it's not like I was planning on memorizing how many soldiers fought in the Battle of Wherever in 344 BCE.

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Macedon
Jun 26, 2012

A really great, informative, and interesting narrative of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian nation.

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