The Campaigns of Alexander

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‘His passion was for glory only, and in that he was insatiable’

Although written over four hundred years after Alexander’s death, Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander is the most reliable account of the man and his achievements we have. Arrian’s own experience as a military commander gave him unique insights into the life of the world’s greatest conqueror. He tells of Alexander’s violent suppression of the Theban rebellion, his total defeat of Persia, and his campaigns through Egypt, India and Babylon – establishing ...

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Overview

‘His passion was for glory only, and in that he was insatiable’

Although written over four hundred years after Alexander’s death, Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander is the most reliable account of the man and his achievements we have. Arrian’s own experience as a military commander gave him unique insights into the life of the world’s greatest conqueror. He tells of Alexander’s violent suppression of the Theban rebellion, his total defeat of Persia, and his campaigns through Egypt, India and Babylon – establishing new cities and destroying others in his path. While Alexander emerges from this record as an unparalleled and charismatic leader, Arrian succeeds brilliantly in creating an objective and fully rounded portrait of a man of boundless ambition, who was exposed to the temptations of power and worshipped as a god in his own lifetime.

Aubrey de Sélincourt’s vivid translation is accompanied by J. R. Hamilton’s introduction, which discusses Arrian’s life and times, his synthesis of other classical sources and the composition of Alexander’s army. The edition also includes maps, a list for further reading and a detailed index.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442533
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1976
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 246,898
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Alexander the Greatest of the Great

    arrian's account of alexander is superbe. what amazed me most was the very first pages' discussion of alexander's military activites in the danube. it was sort of the prelude to his legendary encounter with porus in india. in addition to the estensive description of alexander's battles and doings, alexander is portrayed as a lively figure with quotes that actually attests to his rhetorical skill and strong will. generally it is considered the most reliable ancient source on alexander's life. it is much better than plutarch who i think merely wrote a couple of trivial anecdotes. also better curtius whose writing style i completely disliked. also enjoyable is the documentary by michael wood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Marvelous epic book.

    With a rating from one to 100... I give it 101! Excellent represantation of a general who lived very close to Alexander's era, had more information available in his hands, and managed to collect all the puzzle pieces successfully creating a terrific masterpiece. Great job, for all Alexander fans, I definitely recommend it.

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