Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge

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The remarkable life of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, vividly told by one of the world's leading experts in Greek history. With all the intensity, insight, and narrative drive that made The Spartans such a hit with critics and readers, Paul Cartledge's Alexander the Great: 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, the distinguished scholar and historian long acknowledged as the leading international authority on ancient Sparta and Greece, brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, leads us along the geographical path of his victorious armies, and compellingly charting the tremendous field of this warrior hero's influence. Alexander's legacy has had an astounding impact on military tacticians, scholars, and statesmen—in his own lifetime and in ours. In various countries and at various times he has been seen as hero, holy man, Christian saint, a new Achilles, philosopher, scientist, prophet, and visionary. Cartledge brilliantly explains why and how Alexander is endlessly fascinating, with a view to a better understanding of such fundamental topics as charismatic leadership, imperialism, and Middle Eastern geopolitics.
 

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Paul Cartledge is Reader in Greek History at the University of Cambridge. A longstanding member of JACT, he has published widely on Greek literature and history.
 
Published August 3, 2004 by Overlook Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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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 ...

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Alexander the Great: The Death of a God by Paul Doherty 256pp, Constable, £17.99 Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge 384pp, Macmillan, £18.99 Alexander the Conqueror by Laura Foreman 212pp, Da Capo, £22.95 Alexander: Virtues of War by Stephen Pressfield 449pp, ...

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Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past Paul Cartledge Macmillan £20, pp317 The appeal, of course, is infinitely romantic.

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Alexander the Great's brilliant military campaigns in the fourth century B.C.

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Pierre Briant's "Alexander the Great and His Empire" may be short, but it is of a wholly different order of seriousness from that of Mr. Freeman: an analysis less of Alexander himself than of his record as a state-builder and in particular of the debt that he owed to his Achaemenid predecessors.

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Tarn in the 1930s – Alexander as a perfect English gentleman and a philosopher who invented the idea of universal human brotherhood – cannot now be taken seriously, but recent historians tend to go to the opposite extreme and reduce Alexander to an alcoholic or psychopath.

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