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This is as good a reading experience as Goldsworthy’s Caesar. While admittedly a military genius, was he a megalomaniac who progressively became unhinged and finally thought of himself as an infallible God? This also coincided with his need to accomodate Asian custom, involving elaborate rituals that the Macedonians found both ludicrous and humiliating when Alexander demanded similar behavior from them.

Soldier, Priest, and God: Reading this is like entering a dialogue with a great scholar, but with as much fun as watching a historical film. This section also provides a very useful background to the Hellenistic world before Alexander’s conquests. Read reviews that mention peter green alexander the great alexander of macedon ancient sources macedonian propaganda genghis khan persian empire famous general historical biography battle of granicus toward ancient oliver stone military genius macedonian king gedrosian desert many ancient administration or consolidate consolidate his holdings cut blu-ray def evasive.

Similarly, he propagated his image wherever he went, setting a precedent for the display of power by later conquerors, and founded cities in his name, e.

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Get to Know Us. This led to subsequent local rebellions, plentiful usurpers, and ultimately the dissolution of the empire upon his death. Green falls in the latter category and I must say, I found him completely convincing. Green covers his personal and religious transformation. THis meant that the undergirding politico-administrative structure of his empire was weak – it immediately collapsed once he was gone with notable exceptions.


The book is probably more appropriate to academic audiences or readers familiar with the ancient world, but I would also cautiously recommend it to newcomers.

As the narrative progresses, the writing becomes much smoother and accessible. All the while, as Alexander’s army conquered the eastern coast of the Mediterranean to Egypt, he was strapped for cash and one defeat away from bankruptcy and alecander disaster.

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By the end of his career, he was already finding himself b.a of cash and surrounded by plotting, corrupt potentates. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. One of his wives, Olympias, gave birth to Alexander, whose teachers included none other than Aristotle; Philip groomed and trained him historicaal 20 years as his heir, only to be assassinated possibly with the connivance of Alexander after their overt estrangement.

As becomes clear, he never hesitated to present whatever he needed to gain the upper hand; his was following no other ideological precepts than domination by any means as his disposal.

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Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay tub. By the middle of the book, you’ll have trouble putting it down. Alexander of Macedon, — B.

Truly, it is a masterpiece of scholarship, but also eminently readable. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The conclusion of the book offers a wonderful historiography of Alexander’s image and character. Green, a Cambridge-trained classicist who is also a novelist, portrays Alexander as both a complex personality and a single-minded general, a man capable of such diverse expediencies as patricide or the massacre of civilians.

alexander of macedon b c a historical biography

For example, Green cites convincing evidence that Darius’ army at Issus was as small or smaller than Alexander’s – not thesometimes cited. Indeed, his governing style never evolved beyond the set up of satraps, often the men who were already there or, increasingly, toadies of his own taste.

At some point, Alexander went beyond his mission of defeating the Persian Empire and was consumed by an insatiable “pathos” or curiosity to keep conquering to the end of the world in modern parlance, “mission creep”. It is all here, the good and the bad and the ugly, thoroughly referenced with source materials.

He engages in purges of his top officers at the slightest rumor. I have no criticisms of the text: Was he a cynical totalitarian autocrat, using propaganda and words when it suited him and according to circumstance?