Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art of War from the Earliest Times to the Battle of Ipsus, 301 BC, with a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of the Great Macedonian

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Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C.) was incontestably one of the greatest military generals of all time. From the time he sacked Thebes and crossed the Hellespont to his death eleven years later, he conquered the entire Persian empire, including Tyre, Egypt, and Babylon, and moved on to present-day northern India and Afghanistan. He influenced the spread of Hellenism throughout the Near East and Asia, establishing many cities such as Alexandria that flourished long after his death.This classic study of Alexander, ...

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Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C.) was incontestably one of the greatest military generals of all time. From the time he sacked Thebes and crossed the Hellespont to his death eleven years later, he conquered the entire Persian empire, including Tyre, Egypt, and Babylon, and moved on to present-day northern India and Afghanistan. He influenced the spread of Hellenism throughout the Near East and Asia, establishing many cities such as Alexandria that flourished long after his death.This classic study of Alexander, his predecessors, and his influence on the art of war remains fascinating and relevant over a hundred years after its initial publication. The classical works dealing with warfare in and before Alexander's time gave little more than bare facts of military matters; Dodge's contribution was to vividly reconstruct every major battle of Alexander's brilliant military career, to provide background material concerning the art of war before and during Alexander's reign, and to fully illustrate his narrative with invaluable maps and charts. The result is a masterpiece of military history—the book that inspired General J. F. C. Fuller to write his own classic study of Alexander, and one which will similarly inspire generations of future readers.

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First published in 1890, this unabridged republication spends the first 13 chapters discussing the art of war prior to Alexander's period, followed by a detailed study of the great military general and a vivid reconstruction of every major battle of his military career. Includes original hand-drawn maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306806902
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842–1909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).

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Table of Contents

I In General 1
II Early History of War 7
III Early Oriental Armies 14
IV Early Greek Armies and Wars 27
V Cyrus and Darius. B. C. 558 to 485 44
VI Armies in the Fifth Century B. C. 56
VII Miltiades. Marathon. B. C. 490 84
VIII Brasidas. B. C. 424-422 92
IX Xenophon. Agesilaus. B. C. 401-394 101
X Epaminondas. B. C. 371-362 116
XI Philip and Macedon. B. C. 359-336 125
XII Philip and his Army. B. C. 359-336 134
XIII The Art of Fortification and Sieges 171
XIV Alexander and Greece. B. C. 336 181
XV The Danube. B. C. 335 188
XVI Pelium. B. C. 335 196
XVII Thebes. B. C. 335 209
XVIII Off for Asia. B. C. 334 218
XIX Battle of the Granicus. May, B. C. 334 234
XX Sardis, Miletus. Halicarnassus. Summer and Fall, B. C. 334 252
XXI To the Taurus. Winter, B. C. 334-333 269
XXII Cilicia. Summer and Fall, B. C. 333 284
XXIII Issus. November, B. C. 333 295
XXIV Tyre. December, B. C. 333, to August, B. C. 332 321
XXV Gaza and Egypt. September, B. C. 332, to Spring, B. C. 331 343
XXVI On to Babylon. Spring to September, B. C. 331 353
XXVII Arbela. October 1, B. C. 331 367
XXVIII Babylon. Susa. The Uxians. October to December, B. C. 331 387
XXIX The Persian Gates. December, B. C. 331, to March, B. C. 330 400
XXX Darius. March to July, B. C. 330 414
XXXI Bessus. July to Fall, B. C. 330 427
XXXII Philotas. Fall, B. C. 330 441
XXXIII The Caucasus. Fall, B. C. 330, to May, B. C. 329 449
XXXIV The Jaxartes. Summer, B. C. 329 464
XXXV Spitamenes. Summer, B. C. 329, to Fall, B. C. 328 478
XXXVI Clitus. Winter, B. C. 329-328 488
XXXVII Roxana. Winter, B. C. 328-327 499
XXXVIII The Cophen Country. May, B. C. 327, to Winter 509
XXXIX Aornus. Late Winter, B. C. 326 528
XL Porus. March to May, B. C. 326 541
XLI Battle of the Hydaspes. May, B. C. 326 553
XLII The Five Rivers. May to July B. C. 326 566
XLIII Turning Back. July to October, B. C. 326 578
XLIV The Mallians. November, B. C. 326, to February, B. C. 325 592
XLV Gedrosia. February, B. C. 325, to February, B. C. 324 609
XLVI Mutiny. July, B. C. 324 631
XLVII Babylon. August, B. C. 324, to June, B. C. 323 643
XLVIII The Man and Soldier 649
XLIX The Successors of Alexander. Eumenes and Antigonus. Philopoemen 663
Appendix A: Some Ancient Marches 679
Appendix B: Losses in some Ancient Battles 680
Appendix C: Marches of Alexander 680
Appendix D: Genealogy of Alexander 684
Index 685
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    Outstanding!

    An amazing book, start to finish. The book is well researched and very detailed. What I really liked about this book is Dodge describes not only Alexander's personal life, but also his military tactics. This is a must read that will be hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Worth the Time

    Dodge did an incredible job. It was written just as well as Hannibal. One thing that I enjoy about the book is the in depth detail of his writing. Dodge gives you as much information as possible on the Alexander's campaigns. He also historically leads up to Alexander with some of the previous Greek generals,campaigns, and battles as well as some after Alexander's death. His maps go perfectly with his writing. However, the thing that you carry away from the book is the feel of Alexander's extreme will and brilliance (and often luck) that allowed him to accomplsh what he did. A great book in the study of war!

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