The History of Alexander
Penguin Books Limited, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 332 pages
Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius’ History offers a great deal of information unobtainable from other sources of the time. A compelling narrative of a turbulent era, the work recounts events on a heroic scale, detailing court intrigue, stirring speeches and brutal battles - among them, those of Macedonia’s great war with Persia, which was to culminate in Alexander’s final triumph over King Darius and the defeat of an ancient and mighty empire. It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
A thinner Book than the life by Arrian, and more general purpose. The same story as Plutarch and Arrian. But We should have this work for completeness. The original was probably extant by 70 CE. Read full review
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Fantastic translation of a great book. Current day translations have lost much of the rich literature content contained in translations and publications of the past. Must read for any historian or collector. Read full review