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Famous for more than two millennia for the amazing deeds that he accomplished in his short life of thirty-two years, King Alexander III of Macedon is the most celebrated figure of classical antiquity. Alexander the Great: Son of the Gods presents, in a year-by-year chronicle, an intimate and fascinating portrait of the man who, in less than two decades, created the greatest empire the world had ever seen and acquired a semi-mythic status that persists today.

Among the topics covered are Alexander's family life, including his stormy relationship with his father, King Philip, and the influence of his mother, Queen Olympias; his brilliant leadership, outwitting opponents and inspiring his devoted troops; and his daily life on the march and off duty, whether sharing the hardships of his men or indulging in the renowned bouts of feasting that may have contributed to his early death. Generously illustrated with ancient art from museums around the world, this is an engrossing, accessible biography of a legendary man.

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Alan Fildes is a historian of ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations. Joann Fletcher is a freelance Egyptologist and the author of Ancient Egypt: Life, Myth and Art.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Alexander's Journey 8
Ch. 1 The Prince of Macedon: 359-335 B.C.E. 10
Kings of the Mountain Realm 12
Weddings, Plots, and Princes 14
Feature: Olympias, Daughter of Achilles 16
"Macedonia is Too Small!" 18
Feature: The Philosopher's Student 20
Triumphs of the Young Regent 24
The Fall of Athens 26
Feature: An Army for the East 28
Exile in Epirus 30
Assassination in the Theater 32
Ch. 2 Conqueror of the East: 335-331 B.C.E. 34
The Lord of All Greece 36
Feature: The Great Kings of Persia 40
The Invasion of Asia 42
Victory at Issus 46
The Siege of the Island City 50
Hail to the Pharaoh 52
Oracle in the Desert 56
Feature: Cities of Alexander 60
Ch. 3 The Great King: 331-327 B.C.E. 62
Darius Flees East 64
The Palace of Nebuchadnezzar 66
Ambush at the Gates of Persia 70
Feature: Persepolis: Heart of an Empire 72
A Dynasty Falls 78
Shah of Shahs 80
Feature: Robes, Crowns, and Perfumes 82
The Betrayal of Philotas 86
The Land of Prometheus 88
The Despot of Samarkand 90
Feature: Iskander the Accursed 92
Roxane the Fair 94
Feature: Intimate Companions 96
The Pages' Conspiracy 98
Ch. 4 To the Endless Ocean: 327-326 B.C.E. 100
The Lost Valley of the God 102
The Rock of Heracles 104
Feature: The Face of a Conqueror 106
Crossing the Indus 110
The Battle of the Elephants 112
Feature: Life on the March 114
The Death of Bucephalas 116
A Time of Heat and Rain 118
Feature: Of Banyans and Brahmins 120
In the Shadow of the Himalaya 124
To the Ends of the Earth 128
The Final Frontier 130
Ch. 5 Return to Babylon: 326-323 B.C.E. 134
Altars of the Giants 136
Voyage to the Southern Ocean 138
Heat and Dust 142
A Time of Weddings 146
A Lover's Loss 148
The Death of the God 150
The Struggle for Succession 154
The Lost Tomb 158
Feature: The Legacy of Alexander 160
Alexander's People 166
Glossary 168
Further Reading 169
Index 170
Acknowledgments 176
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