Alexander the Great in his World
November 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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
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.
List of Figures vi
List of Maps viii
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
- A dynamic portrait of one of antiquity's most important
- Places Alexander the Great within the context of his time,
place, culture, and ancestry in order to discover what influences
shaped his life and career.
- Seeks to define the motivation, goals, and inner being of
Alexander through the influences on him from his birth to
- Examines how Alexander's father, King Philip II, and mother,
Olympias, affected his development.
- Considers how Alexander's engagement with Greek culture,
especially his relationship with Aristotle, contributed to his
- Asks whether it was Alexander's influences or his departure from them that distinguished him.
“Would serve well as one of several works offered to an undergraduate class … The work is well written and clearly presented.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
"Will provide a basic introduction to her subject which some
teachers and students may find helpful." (Journal of Classics
“An engaging and persuasive book, which offers a new perspective … .It will maintain the interest of specialists … yet remain accessible to the general reader.” (Canadian Journal of History)"Every generation, and virtually every scholar has given the world a different Alexander - each one the product of the writer's time and cultural conditioning. This book places Alexander squarely in the only meaningful context, his own geographical and mental world."
–Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary
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