•Charles River Editors’ original biography of Alexander
•The Rise of the Macedonian Empire by Arthur M. Curteis
•Plutarch’s Life of Alexander the Great
•Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott
“There is nothing impossible to him that will but try” – Alexander
Over the last 2,000 years, ambitious men have dreamed of forging vast empires and attaining eternal glory in battle, but of all the conquerors who took steps toward such dreams, none were ever as successful as antiquity’s first great conqueror. Leaders of the 20th century hoped to rival Napoleon’s accomplishments, while Napoleon aimed to emulate the accomplishments of Julius Caesar. But Caesar himself found inspiration in Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.), the Macedonian King who managed to stretch an empire from Greece to the Himalayas in Asia at just 30 years old. It took less than 15 years for Alexander to conquer much of the known world.
As fate would have it, Alexander died of still unknown causes at the height of his conquests, when he was still in his early 30s. Although his empire was quickly divided, his legacy only grew, and Alexander became the stuff of legends even in his own time. Alexander was responsible for establishing 20 cities in his name across the world, most notably Alexandria in Egypt, and he was directly responsible for spreading Ancient Greek culture as far east as modern day India and other parts of Asia. For the ancient world, Alexander became the emblem of military greatness and accomplishment; it was reported that many of Rome’s greatest leaders, including Pompey the Great, Augustus, and Caesar himself all visited Alexander’s tomb in Alexandria, a mecca of sorts for antiquity’s other leaders.
The Ultimate Alexander the Great Collection looks at the life and career of the legendary conqueror, including an original Charles River Editors biography and biographies by Jacob Abbott and Plutarch. It also includes Curteis’ The Rise of the Macedonian Empire, a Table of Contents and pictures of important people, places, and events in Alexander’s Life.