Alexander the Great in his World / Edition 1

Alexander the Great in his World / Edition 1

by Carol G. Thomas, Professor Carol Thomas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 063123246X

ISBN-13: 9780631232469

Pub. Date: 11/27/2006

Publisher: Wiley

Alexander the Great is one of the most celebrated figures of antiquity. In this book, Carol G. Thomas places this powerful figure within the context of his time, place, culture, and ancestry in order to discover what influences shaped his life and career.

The book begins with an exploration of the Macedonia that conditioned the lives of its inhabitants. It also

Overview

Alexander the Great is one of the most celebrated figures of antiquity. In this book, Carol G. Thomas places this powerful figure within the context of his time, place, culture, and ancestry in order to discover what influences shaped his life and career.

The book begins with an exploration of the Macedonia that conditioned the lives of its inhabitants. It also traces such influences on Alexander’s life as his royal Argead ancestry, his father, Philip II, and his mother, Olympias. The author examines Alexander’s engagement with Greek culture, especially his relationship with Aristotle, and contemplates how other societal factors – especially the highly militarized Macedonian kingdom and the nature of Macedonia’s relationship with neighboring states – contributed to his achievement.

What was the significance of these influences on the man who succeeded in conquering most of the known world from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River? The author focuses on this question in exploring ancient landscapes and resurrecting key figures from antiquity in order to penetrate the motivation, goals, and inner being of Alexander the Great.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631232469
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/27/2006
Series:
Blackwell Ancient Lives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vi

List of Maps viii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Basic Facts, Generally Uncontested, of Alexander’s Life 9

2 Being Macedonian 22

3 Being an Argead 55

4 Being a Neighbor of Greece 98

5 Surviving by Might 132

6 Meeting the Distant Threat 159

7 Reconstructing Alexander 191

Bibliography 224

Index 237

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