Alexander: Invincible King of Macedonia

Alexander: Invincible King of Macedonia

by Peter G. Tsouras

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Overview


Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.E.), who reigned as king of Macedonia for only thirteen years, set a flame of conquest that introduced the dynamism of Hellenism to the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian worlds. Re-creating their ossified cultures, he established a standard of leadership and military conquest that the most successful of Roman emperors, medieval knights, and steppe barbarians would never truly match. Julius Caesar wept that he could not surpass Alexander, while Napoleon could only dream of such invincibility. Alexander had the great fortune to be born the able son of Philip II, one of the most talented men of war and politics produced by the Hellenic world, who created for Alexander the foundation of the Macedonian state and army that would be the tools of his future greatness. Alexander’s invincibility was the product of his profound genius - the perfection of body, boundless energy, imagination, daring, intellect, and vision in one man. He was a master tactician, strategist, logistician, diplomat, and statesman, with an ability to win the affection and quick obedience of others. Even his enemies fell victim to his valor and charm. His personal attributes and accomplishments were so far removed from those of ordinary men that he achieved almost superhuman status within his lifetime. Above all, he was the preeminent man of war. Even today, as the noise of battle rattles Kandahar, a city in Afghanistan that Alexander named for himself, war clings to his name.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574886979
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 05/30/2004
Series: Military Profiles
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


A former U.S. Army officer, Peter G. Tsouras is a senior military intelligence analyst, a military historian, and the author or editor of two dozen works of military history and alternate history. Many of his books have been selected by the History Book Club and the Military Book Club and have been widely translated. He is the author of Britannia’s Fist: From Civil War to World War—An Alternate History (Potomac Books, Inc., 2008). A regular guest on the History Channel and similar venues in Britain and Canada, Tsouras lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
Prefacexi
Chronologyxv
Chapter 1Philip3
Chapter 2The Eaglet12
Chapter 3The Warrior Prince21
Chapter 4"My Son, You Are Invincible!"32
Chapter 5Won by the Spear37
Chapter 6Son of Zeus52
Chapter 7"This Great Prize"64
Chapter 8Macedonians with Wings78
Chapter 9India90
Chapter 10"To the Best"100
Notes108
Bibliographic Note113
Index117
About the Author123

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