Alexander the Great: The Truth Behind the Myth

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Pan Macmillan, Jul 6, 2011 - History - 352 pages

At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, both at Babylon, where he died, and further west, among the Greek cities of the Asiatic seaboard. The fruit of a lifetime’s scholarship and meticulous research, this is an outstanding biography of one of the most remarkable rulers in history.

'A hugely impressive portrait of a towering but enigmatic figure' Saul David, Sunday Telegraph

'A revealing, often enthralling search . . . [a] restless, exhilarating book' Observer

'Fascinating . . . blends all the pleasures of Hollywood epic with those of a subtle and deeply intriguing detective tale' Tom Holland, author of Rubicon

'Alexander the Great provides an endless fount both of amazement and of speculation. This gripping book examines the legends as well as the life. Most interestingly, it invites the reader to participate in the difficult task of separating the fact from the fiction' Norman Davies

At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, both at Babylon, where he died, and further west, among the Greek cities of the Asiatic seaboard. The fruit of a lifetime’s scholarship and meticulous research, this is an outstanding biography of one of the most remarkable rulers in history.

'A hugely impressive portrait of a towering but enigmatic figure' Saul David, Sunday Telegraph

'A revealing, often enthralling search . . . [a] restless, exhilarating book' Observer

'Fascinating . . . blends all the pleasures of Hollywood epic with those of a subtle and deeply intriguing detective tale' Tom Holland, author of Rubicon

'Alexander the Great provides an endless fount both of amazement and of speculation. This gripping book examines the legends as well as the life. Most interestingly, it invites the reader to participate in the difficult task of separating the fact from the fiction' Norman Davies

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Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at the University of Cambridge, has written and edited many articles and books, including Spartan Reflections, Hellenistic and Roman Sparta and The Spartans, published by Macmillan. He has acted as academic consultant on The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization for the BBC and The Spartans for Channel 4.

Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at the University of Cambridge, has written and edited many articles and books, including Spartan Reflections, Hellenistic and Roman Sparta and The Spartans, published by Macmillan. He has acted as academic consultant on The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization for the BBC and The Spartans for Channel 4.

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