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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381785224496 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Alexander The Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 368 pages. Publisher: The Overlook Press; (2004). Alexander is the towering hero of the classical world. His fame has grown for well over two millennia and embraces Eastern and Western cultures alike. In Alexander the Great, Paul Cartledge, the distinguished scholar and historian long acknowledged as perhaps the preeminent authority on Sparta and Greece, glowingly illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 BC), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire and founder of a new world order. Cartledge's book is, above all, a hunt for a new past to counter the myths, legends, and often skewed history that have been passed down to us. At the age of twenty, Alexander inherited the mantle of his father, Philip of Macedon, becoming master of the Greek world east of the Adriatic. A mere six years later, he had conquered the mighty Persian Empire, and by the time he was thirty he had taken his victorious armies even further, ruling an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Hindu Kush. But before his thirty-third birthday Alexander was dead. Alexander's legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, statesmen, adventurers, authors, visual artists, and filmmakers. In his own lifetime and in ours he has been seen as hero, holy man, Christian saint, a new Achilles, philosopher, scientist, prophet, and visionary. Cartledge brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, following the geographical path of his victorious armies and charting the tremendous field of this warrior-hero's influence. With attack and brio, he cogently explains why and how Alexander is endlessly fascinating, providing a view to a better understanding of such fundamental topics as charismatic leadership, imperialism, and Middle Eastern geopolitics. CONDITION: NEW (but "shopworn"). Book is new and unread HOWEVER the upper corner both both the back and front covers shows a mild bump, likely the consequence of being bumped against the bookshelf when being carelessly/sloppily re-shelved. Bumps are so light however that they are NOT transmitted through to the pages beneath. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unread, though judging by appearances, it seems possible that it may have been flipped through once or twice by bookstore "lookie-loo's". Dustjacket also evidences very mild edge and corner shelfwear and faint rubbing 2(dustjacket is photo-finish, high-gloss black and so shows rub marks very easily, even merely from being shelved between other books). Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, for instance) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often have become slightly blemished and/or show a little handling/shelf/browsing wear.Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Paul Cartledge is widely acknowledged as perhaps the world’s leading expert on the subject or Sparta and ancient Greece. He is Professor of Greek History and Chairman of the Classics Faculty at Cambridge University and has written and edited many articles and books, including “The Spartans”, and the subject of a PBS documentary series of the same name. He is also academic consultant to the BBC and PBS for the series, “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Alexander the Great's brilliant military campaigns in the fourth century B.C. spread not only his reputation as a heroic and ingenious leader but also the culture of ancient Greece throughout the known world. With his usual riveting storytelling, Cartledge (author of “The Spartans”), chair of Cambridge University's classics faculty, narrates Alexander's life and rise to power. Cartledge takes issue with those who contend that Alexander's greatest contribution was to spread Hellenism. He argues instead that Alexander, while sincerely attached to Hellenism, was more concerned with the glory his conquests brought him. Cartledge provides detailed chronicles of Alexander's battles with the Persians, the Tyrians and the Babylonians as he demonstrates the young king's military genius and hunger for success in war. According to Cartledge, Alexander's love of hunting game offers the key to his life and reign. It led him, for example, to successfully adapt for military battles many hunting strategies, such as the surprise attack, a uniquely Alexandrine contribution. A number of appendixes, including a glossary and an extensive bibliography, enhance the book. Cartledge's knack for bringing history to life makes for an absorbing new biography of the legendary Greek leader. The book contains thirty-seven black and white illustrations, four maps, and six battle plans. REVIEW: Cartledge has chosen to highlight Alexander the Hunter, the man whose entire life can be explained as a quest for the next quarry. In so doing, Cartledge has produced a book that may be the most accessible introduction in print; though scholars may profit from this study, the general reader out for essential knowledge is particularly well served. He has combed meticulously through the classical sources left to us; Arrian, Plutarch and Diodorus of Sicily, among others, and combined them with the recondite cullings of modern scholarship to produce an amazingly solid, balanced and evocative view of the man behind the image on the coins. “Alexander the Great” provides an endless fount both of amazement and of speculation. This gripping book examines the legends as well as the life. Most interestingly, by presenting many of the sources in extensor, it invites the reader to participate in the difficult task of separating the fact from the fiction. REVIEW: Cambridge historian Paul Cartledge, also the author of “The Spartans”, reassesses the life of the military leader who conquered the Persian Empire and continues to have an impact on military tacticians and statesmen today. Cartledge sees particular significance in Alexander's passion for hunting game, human as well as animal; a test that offered a chance for enhancing his standing and fame. Cartledge combines sequential chronological narration with in-depth systematic surveys of key themes in the Macedonian king's career. The text is peppered with black and white images; an appendix explores the limits set by the available source materials on any attempted reconstruction of Alexander's everyday life. REVIEW: Paul Cartledge (Professor, Greek History, Cambridge University) sees Alexander as "one of those very few genuinely iconic figures, who have both remade the world they knew and constantly inspire us to remake our own worlds”. He aims to provide "a book that does full justice to Alexander's extraordinary achievement while respecting the limits of the evidence and of the historian's craft”. Ultimately, this work presents not so much a new understanding of Alexander as a provocative survey of how historians have perhaps misunderstood him. Virtually every chronicler who has sought "the historical Alexander" has faced the same dilemma: documentary evidence that, though "quite ample in quantity is poor in quality”. In this lucid work, Cartledge's solution is to present these problems of interpretation as clearly as possible, offer his own estimate of Alexander, and conclude with the mild hope that he has achieved his "fairly modest aim of illustrating the sorts of source problems the hunter after the ‘real’ Alexander can encounter." REVIEW: Master of the Persian Empire at the age of 26, conqueror of Central Asia at 30, dead at 32. Alexander's legend endures, and with very good reason. Writes classicist/biographer Cartledge (Greek History/Chairman of Classics Faculty/Cambridge University), he “became at various times a hero, a quasi-holy man, a Christian saint, a new Achilles, a philosopher, a scientist, and prophet, and a visionary”. But most importantly, he was a warrior. Alexander's victories were by no means inevitable Cartledge notes, and some came about because Alexander retained certain military innovations of his father, Philip of Macedon, who had conquered much of Greece only a few years before Alexander's time. For instance, the men of the Macedonian army carried their own equipment and supplies, which reduced the size of the baggage train and "rendered distance a negligible factor", allowing that army to range widely. Alexander added a great navy to this army after taking control of Philip's forces upon his father's death; a demise in which, Cartledge more than hints, Alexander may have played an important part: "The charge of patricide can never be proved," he slyly writes, "but that it can be contemplated at all conveys a good notion of the edgy quality of life at the top of Macedonian society." A devoted student of Aristotle's, although he gave the so-called barbarians more credit than did his master, Alexander was the supreme pragmatist: here he allowed the conquered cities of Greece to keep their old democratic governments, there he butchered the satraps of Persia just as an object lesson, for Alexander "did more or less what he wanted" and understood the uses of terror. And what he wanted more than anything else, it appears, was to conquer the world, drink, and be treated like a god, all of which he accomplished before meeting his own end; perhaps Cartledge notes, as a victim of poisoning. A literate rendering of Alexander's life, drawing on the most reliable ancient and modern sources. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I'll give this book a top rating based on the quality of the scholarship. The author defines his aims in the preface: to "do full justice" to Alexander's achievements; but "respecting the limits of the evidence and of the historian's craft." Many of the popular biographers of Alexander have made of him what they wished him to be. Cartledge reminds the reader over and over of the paucity of solid information about Alexander's nature and character. This is not the book to read first if you don't know much about Alexander the Great. The author presumes you are familiar with the outlines of his life and jumps into thematic descriptions. Chapter titles include: Alexander and the Greeks, The Divinity of Alexander, and The Generalship of Alexander. He is conservative with his sources and what emerges is a bare-bones outline of Alexander's life. Speculation is clearly labeled. We have few flights of fancy about Alexander's love life or his supposed aims to create an empire of universal peace and brotherhood. In taking a narrow view of Alexander, what emerges is not overly favorable. That's fine. Alexander is also one of the enigmatic persons of history and he will be seen as a monster by some and as an enlightened idealist by others, although all those massacres are hard to explain away. Cartledge is probably more reliable than most in writing of Alexander and he attempts to enliven the story with an occasional attempt at humor or frivolity. The maps of Alexander's five great battles are outstanding. REVIEW: Paul Cartledge has done an excellent job of delving into the motivations and influences of Alexander the Great in his book, “The Hunt for a New Past”. Drawing on his expertise on the Greeks and the Hellenic period, Cartledge theorizes on the man in a collection of chapters that are essentially separate essays on the man, myth, and legend of Alexander the Great. This book is extremely well written and chock full of detail and source material. It’s best to read a chapter at a time since the chapters jump back and forth in terms of linear time and military campaigns. A basic knowledge of the Greek era and its political and social intrigues helps in the understanding of Cartledge's arguments. This is a book for those that want to know why history was made by certain men, rather than a year by year re-telling of Alexander's adventures. Cartledge puts his opinions out front, stating clearly where he disagrees with others and where he is merely speculating, which is quite refreshing in modern academia. Whether you agree or not, he argues his points with elegance and any preconceptions of Alexander you may have are challenged. Cartledge succeeds in producing a work that forces the reader to re-examine their views on Alexander, which is ultimately what makes entertaining history. REVIEW: This is not your typical biography on Alexander. This is more a discussion of how to see and evaluate him from different perspectives. There is a lot here to like. The author discusses Alexander from many different angles and tries to understand his motives for certain actions. He takes Alexander and examines him from various perspectives, each chapter of the book looking at him from a unique way. This is not a pro-Alexander book. Still, this work will help the informed reader look at him in many different ways, and will help understand why he took certain decisions and followed certain policies. Recommended for all those who have read the standard biographies on Alexander and are looking for something that sheds some new light on the subject. The author certainly throws a lot of interesting ideas around, and those with a good backing of the subject will enjoy this book a lot more than those just reading their first book on Alex. REVIEW: From reading this book, I have to say that this book is a pretty good material about Alexander, the world that he lived in, his personal beliefs, how he interacted with different peoples (depending on one's view of him) and how he is remembered today (again, depending on one's view of him). This is a even-handed book, which details the all the things that people have debated about Alexander over the two millennia since his death and the research done on this book is excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know all these points concerning Alexander the Great. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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