The Greek Alexander Romance

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Penguin UK, Apr 25, 1991 - History - 208 pages
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Mystery surrounds the parentage of Alexander, the prince born to Queen Olympias. Is his father Philip, King of Macedonia, or Nectanebo, the mysterious sorcerer who seduced the queen by trickery? One thing is certain: the boy is destined to conquer the known world. He grows up to fulfil this prophecy, building a mighty empire that spans from Greece and Italy to Africa and Asia. Begun soon after the real Alexander's death and expanded in the centuries that followed, The Greek Alexander Myth depicts the life and adventures of one of history's greatest heroes - taming the horse Bucephalus, meeting the Amazons and his quest to defeat the King of Persia. Including such elements of fantasy as Alexander's ascent to heaven borne by eagles, this literary masterpiece brilliantly evokes a lost age of heroism.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

As a story, this is Cecil B. DeMille to chant round the campfire. But as a document this is the East's take on the Great Macedonian. Either it's very reverent, or a not-so subtle put-down. But it was ... Read full review

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User Review  - timspalding - LibraryThing

This is, of course, a wonderful book. It's a pity they had to choose just one version, but they include some supplements from other versions. Read full review


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Richard Stoneman is an Oxford trained classicist with a thorough knowledge of ancient Greece, its language and history; he has also published many books on modern Greece and is familiar with the sources from the Middle Ages and the modern period. He is the author of A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece, A Traveller's History of Turkey, A luminous Land: Artists Discover Greece. He is a frequent visitor to Greece and gets withdrawal symptoms if he doesn't go to Athens at least once a year.

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