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Phillip of Macedon, Alexander’s father, had united Greece, but was assassinated. He had been a historical advisor for Oliver Stone’s film Alexander and had participated in the scenes portraying cavalry engagements.
But I am happy to have read this book. This isn’t Alexander has always been a fascinating figure to me. Al If you want to know anything and everything about Alexander the Great, then this book is for you. Robin Lane Fox examines every aspect of the life of Alexander and crafts an extremely detailed and dense history of the man and his conquests. While it can sometimes be dry, the book as a whole is wonderful for students of history like myself.
Fox does a good job in aiding one’s understanding. In the case of the subject of this book, Alexander the Great happens to be his most studied and focused area. It is very hard to have known the Persians without loving them, which I think he did.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He is one of the very few people that have earned the moniker ‘the Great’ though one should not be too proud of such a moniker.
This wonderfully written book traces Alexander’s life from Macedonia to India and back to Babylon. Despite the fact that some parts of the story seem fictional, this story is undoubtedly a true story.
I took such a long time to finish this, but it is so worth it. His success put on display a combination of tactical and strategic genius, bold risk taking and the ability to command the loyalty of his troops.
It’s a wonderfully balanced book, which loves Alexander in a clear-eyed, pragmatic way, and argues against his being a tyrant without needing to romanticise him into mgano who intended some sort robi br It’s taken me months to get through this — it’s a very dense book, with all the controversies worked out on the page in front of you and nothing pat. Published November 4th by Penguin first published Jun 09, David K. These parts read like a doctoral dissertation on the pros and cons of various possibilities e.
My only criticism is Fox’s description of Alexander’s battle strategy, which I found to be a mistake. Robin Lane Fox has the very rare talent of epic storyteller, yet combined with a lifetime of dedication to historical studies. In another way Alexander laid the foundations for another conqueror, Rome, to come and take over, which in turn laid the foundations for the spread of Christianity.
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire – which looks like a really great depiction of the Wars of the Successors, and all the vicious infighting that resulted in the wake of Alexander’s death – and then something about the cultural legacy of the Hellenistic period, especially its impact on poetry and the lame influence between Stoicism and Buddhism, because that’s what I find the most interesting.
But the mesmeric power of his personality still exerts a fascination, even at this distance in time. Nonetheless, it’s worth the google searches and close reading to stick with this book. In other words, he wanted to unite and rule the world, but his plans were stymied by an untimely death.
Mar 16, PizzaCaviar rated it did not like it. Dec 08, Niki rated it liked it.
As a queen bee, he was only as good as his hive. One of Persia’s greatest threats to Greece was its large fleet, but Alexander, whose fleet was inferior, chose not to engage it in battle. When Alexander met Roxanne, he immediately fell in love with her, He eventually got married to her.
The author of this book, Doug Wilhelm, wrote this book in order to share the story of two characters who took part in the creation of the amgno empire. His achievements were unparalleled – he had excelled as leader to his men, founded eighteen new drl and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East.
It is highly readable, and a great achievement. Fox is quite a good author, and after reading this book, when I found another book he had written The Classical World I immediately bought it and moved it to the top of my reading list.
Jan 14, Hesamul Haque rated it it was amazing. Apr 22, Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? I once asked somebody why he was earned laen moniker ‘The Great’ when the most famous thing that he did was slaughter all of the children under the age of 2 in the region of Bethlehem.
Lane Fox, Robin. Alejandro Magno. Conquistador Del Mundo 
It’s easy to get lost in the multitude of names, ancient places, and the digressions of the author. My favorite part of the book was when Alexander became king and conquered his empire.
This isn’t the easiest book to read – it presumes a certain level of knowledge about the world of the Greek Mediterranean, and Lane Fox’s sentences do have a tendency to run on, but for the most part he writes clearly and lucidly.
No great sea battle was necessary, and the final battle against Persian king Darius would be fought at Gaugamela, in Mesopotamia.