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Anthony Everitt
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Alexander The Great

Anthony Everitt


9780425286524

Random House


History;
Advocate - History


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576 pages

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More than two millennia have passed, but Alexander the Great is still a household name. His life was an adventure story and took him to every corner of the ancient world. His memory and glamour persist, and his early death at thirty-three has kept him evergreen in our imaginations with a legacy that meant something different to every age- in the Middle Ages he became an exemplar of knightly chivalry, he was a star of Renaissance paintings, and by the early twentieth century he even came to resemble an English gentleman. But who was he in his own time?

In Alexander the Great, Anthony Everitt judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his own age and considers all his contradictions. We meet the Macedonian prince who was naturally inquisitive and fascinated by science and exploration, who enjoyed the arts and used the poet Homer's great epic, the Iliad, as a bible. As his empire grew, stretching from Greece and Macedonia to Ancient Egypt and Persia and all the way to India, Alexander exhibited respect for the traditions of his new subjects and careful judgment in administering rule over a vast territory. But his career also had a dark side. An inveterate conqueror, who in his short life built the largest empire to that point in history, Alexander glorified war and was known to commit acts of great cruelty.

As debates continue about the meaning of his life, Alexander's death remains an unsolved mystery. Did he die of natural causes, felled by a fever, or did his marshals, angered by his tyrannical behavior, kill him? An explanation of his death can lie only in what we know of his life, and Everitt ventures to solve that puzzle, offering an ending to Alexander's story that has eluded so many for so long.

By:   Anthony Everitt
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780425286524
ISBN 10:   0425286525
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Everitt, a former visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture and is the author of Cicero, Augustus, Hadrian, The Rise of Rome, and The Rise of Athens. He has served as secretary general of the Arts Council for Great Britain. Everitt lives near Colchester, England's first recorded town, founded by the Romans.


Reads as easily as a novel . . . [Anthony] Everitt has a wealth of anecdotes and two millennia of histories to work with, and he delivers and interprets them flawlessly. Nearly unparalleled insight into the period and the man make this a story for everyone. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Ancient history expert Everitt attacks the young Macedonian king's astonishing conquests on three continents--Africa, Asia, and Europe--with relish. . . . This detailed account of the intriguing ancient military genius will fascinate military history readers eager to learn more about Alexander's motivation and the lifelong fearlessness that propelled him to near-mythic status. --Publishers Weekly Praise for Anthony Everitt The Rise of Rome Fascinating history and a great read. --Chicago Sun-Times Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism. --The Dallas Morning News Cicero An excellent introduction to a critical period in the history of Rome . . . Cicero comes across much as he must have lived. --The Wall Street Journal Riveting . . . a clear-eyed biography [offering] vivid lessons about the viciousness that can pervade elected government. --Chicago Tribune Augustus Fascinating and brisk to read . . . All the stuff of adventure is here, from court intrigue to roving armies to shipwreck. --The Washington Post Book World A narrative of sustained drama and skillful analysis . . . an accomplished biography. --The Philadelphia Inquirer

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