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Seller: ancientgifts (4,183) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381810852654 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 Brief Life and Towering Exploits of History’s Greatest Conqueror as Told by His Original Biographers – Sacred Texts from Arrian, Curtius and Plutarch, Edited by Tania Gergel, with an Introduction by Michael Wood. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 150 pages. Publisher: Penguin Books; (2004). Inspired in his leadership, fearless in battle, and boundless in his ambition, Alexander the Great was worshiped as a god during his lifetime, and his legend has only grown since. Alexander remains in the forefront of the public imagination with no fewer than two upcoming major motion pictures devoted to his life. Inheriting his father's empire at the age of twenty, Alexander resolved to expand it. He ruthlessly suppressed all who dared rebel against his rule, and led violent and bloody campaigns throughout Persia, Egypt, India and Babylon. He destroyed cities in his path, and established new cities to glorify his name. By the time of his death at thirty-two, his empire covered most of the known world; from Greece to India; encompassing two million square miles. His achievement was, and remains, unparalleled. Comprising selections from the writings of Arrian, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius Rufus, this definitive biography of the greatest conqueror in history features an introduction on Alexander's enduring legacy by acclaimed British television personality Michael Wood. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Editor/Translator Tania Gergel teaches Greek and Latin language and literature at King's College, London. She co-translated “The Greek Sophists” for Penguin Classics. Michael Wood (who wrote the introduction) is the writer and presenter of many critically acclaimed series on television, including “In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great” and its accompanying book. Contents/Chapter Headings include: 1) The Early Years. 2) Establishing Power in Macedonia, Greece, and Northern Europe. 3) The Persian Campaign: From Hellespont to Gordium. 4) The Persian Campaign: From Cappadocia to Egypt. 5) The Persian Campaign: Victory in Persia. 6) To the Northeast Frontiers of the Persian Empire. 7) East into India: The Uncompleted Campaign. 8) The Retreat: From India back to Persia. 9) Alexander’s Final Months. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Comprising relevant selections from ancient writers whose portraits of Alexander the Great still survive; Arrian, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius, this volume provides a complete narrative of the important events in Alexander's life. The introduction sets these events in historical context, stretching from the conclusion of the Peloponnesian War through Alexander's conquest of Asia, and provides an assessment of Alexander's historical importance as well as a survey of the central controversies surrounding his personality, aims, and intentions. REVIEW: Although written over four hundred years after Alexander's death, Arrian's descriptions of the “Campaigns of Alexander” is our best source of knowledge of the man and his deeds. Arrain had himself been a military commander, and his record of the exploits of the world's greatest conqueror reveals sympathy for his subject, without the adulation or contempt which so often mar other histories of the time. Arrian's unaffected style of writing, with its matter-of-fact tone, offsets the remarkable career and paradoxical nature of Alexander, giving us a fair, clear report about a man who was worshipped as a god in his own lifetime. REVIEW: In 336 B.C. Philip of Macedonia was assassinated and his twenty-year-old son, Alexander, inherited his kingdom. Immediately quelling rebellion, Alexander extended his father's empire through-out the Middle East and into parts of Asia, fulfilling the soothsayer Aristander's prediction that the new king "should perform acts so important and glorious as would make the poets and musicians of future ages labor and sweat to describe and celebrate him." Roman Historian Plutarch’s “The Life of Alexander the Great” is one of the first surviving attempts to memorialize the achievements of this legendary king, remembered today as the greatest military genius of all time. It is a riveting tale of honor, power, scandal, and bravery written by the most eminent biographer of the ancient world. REVIEW: Roman Historian Quintus Curtius Rufus’s “History” offers a great deal of information pertaining to Alexander unavailable elsewhere (even if Arrian is sometimes more reliable on minor details). It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth. Everything else in the book is on the same heroic scale: the great battles and court intrigues that make up a compelling narrative of a turbulent era, and the stirring speeches, incisive character sketches and profound moralizing, in which Curtius shows himself to be a true disciple of Livy. The result is a magnificent work, which more vividly than any other, perhaps, brings Alexander and his age to life for us. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Alexander the Great, was born on or around July 20, 356 B.C.E., and is my favorite personality to read about in history. To me he is the whole package: general, statesman, conqueror, and philosopher. The smartest man who ever lived, Aristotle, tutored him. Alexander conquered more of the known world than any other figure in history, accomplishing all this before he dies at the ripe old age of 33. Some people called him conqueror and violent overlord. Some other called him civilizer and even God! All of them yet, called him "The Great". He was the first man in modern history that took this name, "The Great"! Even as a young boy, he shows great promise. Curtius' work is the oldest extant work available and based on eyewitness accounts. He does a better job than most in explaining the battle scenes, and seems to be more balanced in his admiration and criticism of Alexander then any of the other early biographers. I love his Bucephalus Story, and I recount it here so you get a flavor of the promise this young Alexander shows. The legend begins with Philoneicus, a Thessalian, bringing a wild horse to Philip for him to buy. None of the hands was able to handle it, and Philip grew upset at Philoneicus for bringing such an unstable horse to him. Alexander, however, publicly defied his father and claimed that he could handle the horse. The bet between Philip and Alexander was that if Alexander could ride the horse, Philip would buy it, if not, Alexander would have to pay the price of the horse, which was 13 talents, an enormous sum for a boy of Alexander's age to have. Alexander apparently noticed that the horse had been shying away from its own shadow, and so he led it gently into the sun, so that its shadow was behind it, all the while stroking it gently and whispering into its ear, (Alexander seems to be the original horse whisperer). Eventually the horse let Alexander mount him, and Alexander was able to show his equestrian skill to his father and all who were watching. The incident so impressed Alexander's father, King Philip that he told the boy "Look thee out a kingdom equal to and worthy of you, for Macedonia is too little for thee". He named the horse Bucephalus, which means Ox head, and rode it across Asia, founding a city in its honor in India after its death. This story gives you an inkling about the man. As a retired U. S. Army Major, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in ancient warfare, and history. REVIEW: Born in Macedonia in 356 B.C., Alexander the Great changed the political face of the Middle East to such an extent that the present age is affected. He only lived 32 years but created an Empire that spanned 1000's of miles and included many cultures. He was tutored by Aristotle and raised to be a king. He toppled Darius of Persia, conquered the surrounding areas and invaded India. When he took on a task, he stayed with it with dogged determination. He was a brilliant battlefield tactician and motivator of men. The story of his life was recorded by the classic biographers, Arrian, Plutarch and Curtius. In this book, Michael Wood presents Alexander's story by compiling the different accounts in chronological order. There is very little additional text, editorial, background, etc. Sometimes, he interjects comments where the original accounts vary (due to the biases of the biographers). This is a simple book to read and understand. It is an excellent resource for someone who wants an introduction to Alexander. The map, list of sources and glossary of main characters are quite helpful. REVIEW: Dump the movies, read this instead, or watch the movies and read this as well. This is a great little book that contains excerpted translations of the three ancient biographies of Alexander; Plutarch, Arrian and Quintus Curtius Rufus, all Roman writers. The book is edited so that it forms a continuous narrative throughout Alexander's life. Aside from archeological finds, these three ancient writers are the sole sources of reliable information on the historical Alexander. The introduction by Wood is useful. REVIEW: With a rating from one to 100... I give it 101! Excellent narration by the Roman General Arrian who lived very close to Alexander's era, had more information available in his hands, and managed to collect all the puzzle pieces successfully creating a terrific masterpiece. Great job, for all Alexander fans, I definitely recommend it. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. 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