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ISBN: 014139076X
Author: Mary Renault
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada, Limited (2001)
Pages: 240
Subcategory: Biography
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The Nature of Alexander (1975) is a nonfiction work by novelist Mary Renault (1905–1983). The book is a biography of King Alexander the Great, (356-323 BCE/BC), ruler of Macedon, Egypt and Persia. Renault wrote several historical novels in which Alexander appears: The Mask of Apollo (1966), Fire from Heaven (1969), The Persian Boy (1972) and Funeral Games (1981). She felt these were not enough to tell the whole story of Alexander, and so she completed her nonfiction biography.

Acclaimed writer Mary Renault is widely known for her provocative historical novels of Alexander the Great and his lovers. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author. Biographies Politicians & Historical Figures. But she also authored this nonfiction classic, a fresh, illuminating look at a man whose legend has remained larger than life for more than two thousand years. From his dysfunctional family dynamics to his molding under Aristotle, from his shocking rise to power at age twenty to the staggering violence of his military campaigns, Renault is clear-eyed about Alexander’s accomplishments and his flaws.

Who is Alexander The Great? Read Mary Renault's The Nature Of Alexander. Mary Renault does more to explain Alexander and the reasons for what he did in her book than all the scholars in their academic works. And she does it very entertainingly too. You'd think you're reading another of her historical romances but this one is true. Anyone who is remotely interested in ancient Greece and Alexander in particular should make this a must-read item in their booklist. This book also comes with a brief chronology of Macedonian kings

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wanderpool
In The Nature of Alexander, Renault writes more of a hagiography than a biography, though it remains highly informative. She has a very clear idea of what his nature was, so she makes judgments about our various historical sources, indicating that some are reporting what he was really like, while others had axes to grind. This is a valid service to provide for her readers. It still gives at times an impression that she's defending a loved one. She also uses a somewhat elevated style - not quite scriptural or poetic, but at times stilted. Granted, at other times her style is lovely. The studied grandeur of her prose adds to the sense that this is a Life of the Saint rather than a history. I must acknowledge that she makes no bones about having a point of view - it's not like she's trying to pull a fast one on us. I enjoyed the book quite a lot. No question that Alexander was magnificent almost to the point of being a freak of nature.
Aedem
Review of Alexander

This biography of Alexander is the one I find the most objective and free of bias of any I have read (and one of those was like reading Demosthenes reincarnated). She has researched thoroughly and does not white wash Alexander, nor does she vilify him. Too many write about him with the thinking of a person of the 20th century and apply our morals and notions of behavior. Alexander was a product of his time and considering the horrendous upbringing he had it is a wonder he was not a psychotic monster.

He disapproved highly of rape and when Darius abandoned his family on the battlefield Alexander protected them and indeed ended up pretty much adopted by Darius’ mother Sisygambis. He also did not allow harm to come to Darius son which was unheard of. The winner of a conflict automatically eliminated those who could be claimants to the throne.

When Darius was killed by his own men and Alexander took the throne of Persia he was obligated by that to avenge Darius and he did in capturing and executing Bessus.

Philotas and Calisthenes executions were brought on by their own actions and as for Parmenion’s, he really had no choice according to the times he lived in. Parmenion would have felt he needed to avenge his son even if he was guilty. MR gives a much better and more thorough explanation than I can in a short review

For the most part during his conquests did not become barbaric. The one time he did was in retaliation for the burning of many of his men with red hot sand at Tyre. He was known to be tolerant of all religions and once he conquered a province would put in native governors who for the most part remained loyal to him to the end. The very few that didn't were only then replaced with Macedonians. He was well ahead of his time in wanting to learn and merge his people together rather than force them to accept his.

There are many who claim he was a notorious drunk and yes he was totally out of his head with drink when he killed Cleitus the Black but…he was never again seen that drunk. He was so horrified by what he had done that he wanted to be sure he never would lose control like that again. He would sit up llate with his friends over the wine but mostly listened and joined in the talk there are no recorded instances of him ever getting that drunk again.

Yes his men had a minor revolt while in India because they were tired and did not want to go farther from home but consider this. Assassination of kings was pretty much natural order in Macedon yet none of them made any attempt to harm Alexander…ever. Their revolt was surprisingly peaceful for such men, they simply refused to go any further. And notice that Alexander did not in any way retaliate against them, least of all violently.

Ms Renault gives an in depth look at Alexander and his closest companions and the reasons for things they did from the perspective in the keeping of an ancient Macedonian culture not from that of a 20th century American.
Prorahun
Mary Renault is a master writer, able to compress thought and description into images and phrases so that three pages contain what a chapter of another writer's book might feature. Though dense in meaning, the simple lyrical sentences read easily and fast. In this book, the concepts about about Alexander expressed in her novels, The Persian Boy and Fire From Heaven, are combined with studies based on contemporary archaeological finds. It provides factual background of the young Macedonian king's incredible life. Some historians have criticized it for romanticizing Alexander. I'm a reader not a critic or even an English major but I've loved reading Renault's novels about Greece from The King Must Die through Funeral Games. And I very much enjoyed this non-fiction book.
Gom
Mary Renault's history of Alexander the Great is very interesting and easy to read. It's an excellent book about Alexander's personal life, and the hardback version has many wonderful photographs. Pages 39 to 41 describe Alexander's singing voice, and his love of his famous horse Bucephalas. Pages 46 and 47 describes Aristotle's teaching of Alexander and his companions and relates that Aristotle, even though he never saw Alexander or his friends after Alexander was 16, wrote Hephaestion a book of letters that are unfortunately no longer extant. Page 85 describes how Alexander's helmet had two plumes on each side so that he could be identified by his men in battle. Page 115 states that "Alexander's day began with public prayers. His priesthood, unlike his privilege of divinity, was a function of his human kingship. His personal celebrations were for great events; but regularly as a matter of course he recommended his people to the gods. Almost to the day of his death, when so ill he had to be carried in a litter to the shrine, he made the morning libation. After this he took breakfast sitting." I wonder how many devout Christians today start every day with worship, before they even eat breakfast. Alexander's devoutness could put a lot of us to shame and is a very little known fact about him. "The Nature of Alexander" details his love of books and hunting and page 68 states that "He could not live without books, which he had sent out to him in the heart of Asia, adding to the favourites he carried along." Page 116 states that "Without doubt the love of the army was the breath of life to him; but never in his life did he try to get it cheap. It was not just a matter of being first into danger and last to take comforts when conditions were rough. Before a battle he would greet men by name instead of making speeches." The book describes Alexander's chivalry and his military genius. Page 45 sums up the life of Alexander the Great perfectly: "Alexander's need for self-assurance was equal to his genius and strength of will. If he ever consciously resolved to be greatest among men, it was probably in his schooldays. As this dream became realized he would exult in it. And here it is vital not to think anachronistically. Modesty was not admired in the Greek world, but thought mean-spirited; the lying boast, only, was despised. ... The secret of his magnetism, to those around him and to posterity, is that his vanity was redeemed by pride. To be truly what he wished to seem was his passion till his last breath." He lived his life openly and unashamedly. He lived and died young, handsome, and dashing. His fame will never die. More than any another man, Alexander truly deserves the title of "the Great".

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