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ISBN: 0393003817
Author: Eugene N. Borza,G C. Richards,Ulrich Wilcken
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (November 1, 1967)
Pages: 400
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Biography
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Wilcken, Ulrich, 1862-1944; Borza, Eugene N. Publication date. Alexander, the Great, 356-323 . Norton pbk. ed. External-identifier.

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Alexander the Great as an empire-conqueror continues to capture the imagination, but the spread of Greek civilization throughout the world was his greatest legacy. Wilcken's book captures Alexander's true achievements and influence.

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Alexander the Great book . Originally published in 1932, Ulrich Wilcken’s distinguished biography of Alexander the Great is widely regarded as a classic, perfectly capturing Alexander’s true achievements and influence. Translated from German by G. C. Richards, Professor of Greek and Classical Literature at Oriel College, Oxford University.

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Authors: Ulrich Wilcken, Eugene N. Borza, G. Richards. Gary Evans is a member of the Department of History, Dawson College, and author of John Grierson and the National Film Board: The Politics of Wartime Propaganda.

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Wilcken, Alexander: Ulrich Wilcken, Alexander the Great, translated by G. Richards (London, 1932); reprinted with an introduction to Alexander studies, notes, and a bibliography by Eugene N. Borza (New York, 1967). ARRIAN is remembered today only as the author of The Campaigns of Alexander and as the pupil of the philosopher Epictetus who preserved his master’s teachings from oblivion.

Here is one of the great biographies of Alexander, in its original form, brought fully up to date with findings of modern research and criticism.

The Norton edition of Ulrich Wilcken's distinguished biography has made available for almost three decades a classic study enhanced with a modern scholars notes, bibliography, and introduction to Alexander studies. Alexander the Great as an empire-conqueror continues to capture the imagination, but the spread of Greek civilization throughout the world was his greatest legacy. Wilcken's book captures Alexander's true achievements and influence.

Comments:

Kahavor
I love reading about Alexander the Great and a friend recommended this one to me and so I purchased it. If you are an Alexander fan, I would recommend this book highly. It is very interesting and well written, Ms. Fox made a history book highly entertaining and hard to put down.
Moonworm
I have read considerably on the history of the "ancient" world. This is an excellent biography of Alexander, and helps to put his life and time in context and how the present has been affected. The author discusses the influence of his family and times on Alexander, topography, social expectations, strategy and oh, so much more. And it is kept intresting. I bought this book after reading a history of the city of Alexandria. This book helped me understand influences on the world hundreds of years after Alexander's death. As Faulkner noted, "The past is never dead. It is not even past."
Itiannta
This biography is thorough. For the first time, Alexander became real to me. His immense journeys, his incredible victories, the twists and turns of his strategy and intentions become clear to the reader in the author's careful and readable style.

The final difficulties in northern India become thoroughly comprehensible. His army was finally worn out. They were just men at the end of their endurance.

I doubt that you will find a more careful exposition of that astonishing cascade of victories, that tremendous assault upon Asia, that endless march of ordinary men doing extraordinary acts of endurance for a leader they trusted with their very lives.

This book will clarify it all for you.
Jugami
This is an extraordinary history. Anyone expecting a conventional biography will be disappointed, since the biased and fragmentary nature of the primary sources makes modern biographical treatment for Alexander impossible, even more so than for other ancient heroes. However, one thing about the peripatetic conqueror that seems to be known with some certainty is the itinerary that defined his brief life. Starting from this, Mr. Lane Fox applies his own intimate knowledge of the middle and near-eastern landscape to create a book which, at its most basic, reads like a highly literate travelogue. This is all backdrop, though, for a kind of detective story as the author picks apart the tantalizing fragments of information and disinformation that, once boiled down, reveal for us Alexander's character. The bold military prodigy is clearly apparent here, but that's the standard textbook part of the story. Rounding out the picture, we see him as the cosmopolitan diplomat, beloved egalitarian leader-of-men, bisexual libertine, respectful supplicant to his gods, forgiving victor, gallant defender of women, ostentatious potentate, superstitious fool, charismatic orator, fearless in-the-trenches combat commander, wily tactician, boyish adventurer, child-like animal lover, sophisticated Greek intellectual, reckless gambler, visionary strategist, loyal and generous friend, bloody mass killer, and drunken lout. And the truly remarkable thing about the history is that all these persona somehow hang together, creating a believable portrait that makes it clear why Alexander has fascinated politicians, soldiers and scholars for twenty-three centuries. Stylistically, this book is dense and will deter casual readers. However, some patience through the early pages gives enough time to get into the exotic poetry of place names and the flow of the story. The turgid logic of the character study takes over from there, and the case unfolds majestically. This is a brilliant historian at work and I highly recommend the book.
Qumenalu
This book is the 7th book I read on Alexander, and I find it the most thorough one. He looks at events and episodes from all sorts of different angles, both pro and con point of views, and write as many variations of stories as he could get on the same events. For example, on Alexander's death, he writes 3 or 4 different versions told or written by different people back then. Some say the King was poisoned, collapsed during the drinking party, some say he died of unknown fever, some say this and some say that. Fox lists out all the possible versions on the same events, carefully examines them, and writes his comments with good common sense, keeping himself on the neutral ground. He rarely says this is what happened. It is for you to decide.
He also added other information such as the way of life back then, the way different peoples thought, lived, believed, treated each other, religions, how they understood divinity and the way they fought in war, in addition to the geography, culture, medicine, plants, food, clothings in various areas of the empire back then. It is interesting to find how all these things affected and related Alexander and what he did.
As he says in the beginning of the book, this is not a biography but a search of Alexander the Great. So, there's no straight telling of what had happened.
Fox's insight is deep and thorough, makes you think. It's not just a study of one man, but a study of human kind. But if you don't have a logical mind, it may bore you, because sometimes he hangs onto one event, spending 3-4 pages sometimes even more on just one thing, to investigate. Very informational and powerful work.
My only complaint is that this edition has such fine print, the font size is so small (probably size 6 or 7), and to read more than 500 pages with the kind of small print wears your eyes out. It made me realize that it's about time for me to get bifocals. I strongly recommend this book, but keep a magnifier at hand, rest your eyes once in a while.

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