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The life of Alexander the Great, the Greek king of two continents, warrior, liberator, and conqueror, is the subject of this biography. Each of the five chapters chronicles key events in Alexander's life: growing up in the midst of family strife, being tutored by Aristotle, and designing successful military conquests with strategies still used by generals today. At the age of eight, he saved the life of a horse named Bucephalus and it became his steed throughout his war campaigns until the invasion of India in 328 B.C. In his quest to conquer more nations, the Macedonian phalanx became the attack formation of choice and was virtually unstoppable on level ground. Separate pages labeled "For Your Info" add historical perspective to the subject's life and provide the reader with a broader picture of his times. Topics addressed include Plutarch, A God Among Men, Medical Miracles, Alexandria, and Afghan Power. The antique-like appearance of the book features full-color photographs framed in columns, representations of carved inscriptions in red stone, and descriptive script. Other significant features of this title in the "Ancient Civilizations" series are a chronology, historical timeline, chapter notes, glossary, titles for further reading, websites, and an index. This high-interest and easy-to-read hero's life story will serve as an excellent resource for student research and reports. 2005, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 8 to 13.
—Barbara Troisi
Focusing on ancient personages, these two appealing thumbnail introductions feature many colored pictures and single-page FYI sections. The FYI entries in The Life and Times of Alexander the Great explain Plutarch, ancestry of the gods, medical practices, Alexandria, and the enduring resistance presented by Afghanistan. The Life and Times of Socrates volume elaborates on the Delphic Oracle, the Persian Wars, Pericles, Sparta, and the Parthenon. A personal chronology in tandem with a historical time line places each subject in historical context. Alexander relies almost exclusively on the reference Alexander the Great: Son of the Gods (Getty Trust Publications, 2002). Chapter notes in Socrates cite more varied sources, but Alexander Internet references are generally more user-friendly. Alexander focuses on the leader's military genius even in his teens and the backing that he received from a fiercely protective, powerful mother who employed intrigue and cult worship. Socrates presents more of the philosopher's personal life and explains the practice of Greeks taking younger men, rather than women, as lovers. These two books, as well as the volumes on Homer and Archimedes, provide engaging anecdotes. The entire series, however, which includes books on Augustus, Buddha, Catherine the Great, Charlemagne, Cleopatra, Confucius, Constantine, Genghis Khan, Hammurabi, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar, Marco Polo, Moses, Nero, Pericles, Ramses the Great, and Sidhartha Guatama, needs an introduction explaining more thoroughly how and why a mix of fact, legend, and folklore affects perceptions of these figures. The absence of maps, especially inAlexander, is distracting. The series is probably most helpful for class assignments, but it might stir the curiosity of students interested in ancient times. (Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Mitchell Lane, 48p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix., PLB . Ages 11 to 14.
—Lucy Schall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584152835
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Biography From Ancient Civilizations Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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