Alexander the Great: Conqueror of the Known World

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Alexander III of Macedonia, whom history came to call "the Great," was one of the most talented military generals who ever lived. By the time of his untimely death, at age thirty-two, in 323 BC, he had conquered an enormous portion of the known world. His empire stretched from Greece eastward to India and encompassed dozens of diverse peoples with separate languages and cultures. Moreover, he spread Greek ideas and customs throughout these lands, affecting their political and social development for many centuries...

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Overview

Alexander III of Macedonia, whom history came to call "the Great," was one of the most talented military generals who ever lived. By the time of his untimely death, at age thirty-two, in 323 BC, he had conquered an enormous portion of the known world. His empire stretched from Greece eastward to India and encompassed dozens of diverse peoples with separate languages and cultures. Moreover, he spread Greek ideas and customs throughout these lands, affecting their political and social development for many centuries to come. It was not merely Alexander's military and political successes that distinguished him, however. A larger-than-life character in every way, he was driven by unrelenting ambition and the recurring fear that he might die young, before he could achieve his many lofty goals. He also believed that he was semidivine. Few historical figures have been as widely feared, loved, hated, discussed, and immortalized in human memory as he.

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Gr 7–10—The facts of Alexander's life are presented in story form, a more interesting read than just a dry recitation of facts. The book is highlighted with boxes set off in larger type as well as maps to show the territories being discussed. Photos of ancient ruins, statues, and artwork depicting the time period are sprinkled throughout, adding appeal to the narrative. Readers interested in ancient civilizations will be the most likely audience for this book; those looking for quick facts for school assignments can find them quickly through online database sources.—Diana Pierce, Leander High School, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599351261
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: Morgan Reynolds World Leaders Series
  • Pages: 100
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The World of Alexander's Boyhood 4

Chapter 2 In Philip's Mighty Shadow 18

Chapter 3 A New Macedonian King 32

Chapter 4 Assault on the Greatest Empire 44

Chapter 5 From Destroyer to Liberator 56

Chapter 6 To Be Master of All Asia 68

Chapter 7 Adventures in Afghanistan 80

Chapter 8 India and the Far Horizon 92

Chapter 9 A Power More than Human 104

Timeline 118

Glossary 120

Sources 122

Bibliography 125

Web Sites 126

Index 127

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