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Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Peter Green.

There's no shortage of biographies available on Alexander the Great, but Peter Green'sAlexander of Macedonis one of the finest. The prose is crisp and clear, and within a few pages readers become absorbed in the world that made Alexander, and … see full wiki

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Author: Peter Green
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: University of California Press
2 reviews about Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B.C.: A Historical...
review by . December 06, 2009
Peter Green's Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography is no starry-eyed account of this famous general. Indeed, Green takes a cynical attitude toward his subject - one that I think is refreshing in our current day when many ancient warlords are hailed as visionaries or enlightened despots (for example, Jack Weatherford's otherwise excellent biography of Genghis Khan Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World hails the Mongol as a harbinger of international trade). Green's …
review by . February 14, 2002
I grew up in the age of an idealized Alexander. First was the Robert Rossen film starring Richard Burton. It was 46 years ago, and though I dont remember much detail I do remember Alexander cutting through the Gordian Knot, his affection for the warhorse Bucephalus, and the deaths of Hephaestion, and Alexander  his soldiers walking past his death bed. I was struck by Alexanders loyalty, and his emotional depth. Next came a voracious reading (and later re-readings) of Mary Renaults romantic trilogy. …
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