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
“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)
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- A dynamic portrait of one of antiquity's most important figures.
- 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 death.
- 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 achievements.
- Asks whether it was Alexander's influences or his departure from them that distinguished him.