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alessandros



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:35 pm    Post subject: books on alexander the great?? Reply with quote

there r many books/biography out there about alexander the great, its hard to choose 1. can any 1 recommend mi...........which 1 is batter....its must be cheap also..................thanks alot!
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allison



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My advice is to start with the classics before going on to more modern biogs so that you have an understanding of what they are basing their theories on.

Two which you must check out are Arrian's Campaigns of Alexander and Quintus Curtius Rufus's book on Alexander (can't remember the exact name) - both out in Penguin Classics paperback, so they should be relatively inexpensive. They are both written by Romans, so keep that in mind when reading them, and they use some sources which are now lost. Both are quite credible and reliable sources. Avoid Plutarch until you have an understanding of events &c as he includes gossip, and does not seem to have checked his sources all that well. But he does include several episodes that are not covered by Arrian and Curtius. I have yet to find Diodorus, but have been told that it covers Alexander's early period - and that of his father, Phillip.

Modern biogs, go for Robin Lane Fox's book (penguin paperback again) if you want a general viewpoint, or Conquest and Empire (by Bosworth if memory serves) if you want a more academic read. Conquest and Empire includes the problems Alexander had with the Greek city-states, the worship of Alexander, and other related aspects as well as being about Alexander the man. For a militaristic view, Fuller's The Generalship of Alexander the Great is generally accepted as a classic. It's been published for some time (several reissues), so should be readily available. Mary Renault has a lovely biography called the Nature of Alexander the Great (also published by Penguin, as is her Alexander Trilogy) which covers the essence of the man using insights she obtained through writing her novels about him and the research she undertook.

There are quite a number of others, all of which have their own slant on things, depending on what you want.

Hope that helps. I'll see if I can post the full details of these when I get home and have access to the books.
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alessandros



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks alot!..........
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Leonnatus



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexander the Great Son of the Gods by Alan Fildes and Joann Fletcher is definitely worth a look.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have that one as well. Its very good
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alessandros



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wat about the book buy robin lane fox??
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:54 am    Post subject: New Books Reply with quote

New Books by Waldemar Heckel:

The Conquests of Alexander the Great by Waldemar Heckel. Emphasizes the aims and impact of Alexander's military expeditions, as well as the political consequences. Published in November 2007.

Alexander the Great: A New History edited by Waldemar Heckel and Lawrence A. Tritle. Explores Alexander's religious views, entourage, sexuality, and legacy. Illustrated. Published in October 2007.
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