SUMMARY Alexander of Macedon 356-323 BC: A Historical Biography 107

SUMMARY Alexander of Macedon 356-323 BC: A Historical Biography

SUMMARY Alexander of Macedon 356-323 BC: A Historical Biography 107 Ö Until recently popular biographers and most scholars viewed Alexander the Great as a genius with a plan a romantic figure pursuing his vision of a united world His dream was at times characterized as a benevolent interest in the brotherhood of man sometimFoisted upon him by later generations especially those who found the conueror tout court a little hard upon their liberal sensibilitiesThis biography begins not with one of the universally known incidents of Alexander's life but with an account of his father Philip of Macedonia whose many territoried empire was the first on the continent of Europe to have an effectively centralized government and military What Philip and Macedonia had to offer Alexander made his own but Philip and Macedonia also made Alexander form an important context for understanding Alexander himself Yet his origins and training do not fully explain the man After he was named hegemon of the Hellenic League many philosophers came to congratulat. I was thinking about rating it at 4 out of 5 while also mentioning that this feels like a 5 out of 5 read The difference in rating would have been from my expectations What separates Peter Green from other historians is his capability of narrating events in a captivating way see for example his Greco Persian Wars Unfortunately this time he found me in not uite the right mood for that as I felt that what I wanted was facts and less story telling or at least have the balance inclined on the facts side than on the stories side Sometimes it can be difficult to find the facts through all the story telling as there are no sub headings within the chapters and if you don't take notes you might have a difficult time finding what you're interested in unless you want a re read Anyway I don't think there is a better work on Alexander the Great out there not that I am aware of at least and it covers psychological social cultural aspects as well so this would ualify as a 5 out of 5 in the end Some updated maps would have been welcomed also the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the mean time should have been mentioned with this 2013 edition

Peter Green è 7 SUMMARY

E Alexander but one was conspicuous by his absence Diogenes the Cynic an ascetic who lived in a clay tub Piued and curious Alexander himself visited the philosopher who when asked if there was anything Alexander could do for him made the famous reply Don't stand between me and the sun Alexander's courtiers jeered but Alexander silenced them If I were not Alexander I would be Diogenes This remark was as unexpected in Alexander as it would be in a modern leaderFor the general reader the book redolent with gritty details and fully aware of Alexander's darker side offers a gripping tale of Alexander's career Full backnotes fourteen maps and chronological and genealogical tables serve readers with specialized interests. Green's biography of Alexander is erudite and skeptical with a decidely old fashioned sensibility The Alexander that emerges from these pages is history's most gifted military commander and a regicide a skilled manipulator of men and generous to a fault a raging alcoholic even compared to his alcohol stewed macedonian compatriots and a man of iron constitution a world strider and the progenitor of an empire that evaporated as soon as his heart stilled More importantly Green's Alexander is a megalomaniac driven by the thirst for martial glory and conuest at the expense of all and everyone elseNothing Romantic with a captial 'R' here Green's analysis of sources at the end of his work as well as the discussion of problem surrounding our knowledge of the Granicus is particularly enlighteningHighly Recommended

FREE DOWNLOAD ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB è Peter Green

Alexander of Macedon 356 323 BC A Historical BiographyUntil recently popular biographers and most scholars viewed Alexander the Great as a genius with a plan a romantic figure pursuing his vision of a united world His dream was at times characterized as a benevolent interest in the brotherhood of man sometimes as a brute interest in the exercise of power Green a Cambridge trained classicist who is also a novelist portrays Alexander as both a complex personality and a single minded general a man capable of such diverse expediencies as patricide or the massacre of civilians Green describes his Alexander as not only the most brilliant and ambitious field commander in history but also supremely indifferent to all those administrative excellences and idealistic yearnings. Peter Green's thesis I'm p sure Alexander was a warmongering genius with a embarrassing god complex but in a super hot interesting way