From award-winning historian Robin Lane Fox, "Alexander the Great" searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time. Tough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in ...Read MoreFrom award-winning historian Robin Lane Fox, "Alexander the Great" searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time. Tough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in 323 BC aged thirty-two, his vast empire comprised more than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements were unparalleled - he had excelled as leader to his men, founded eighteen new cities and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East. The myth he created is as potent today as it was in the ancient world. Combining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, "Alexander the Great" brings this colossal figure vividly to life. "So enjoyable and well-written...Fox's book became my main guide through Alexander's amazing story". (Oliver Stone, director of "Alexander"). "I do not know which to admire most, his vast erudition or his imaginative grasp of so remote and complicated a period and such a complex personality". (Cyril Connolly, "Sunday Times"). "An achievement of Alexandrian proportions". ("New Statesman"). Robin Lane Fox was the main historical advisor to Oliver Stone on his film "Alexander", and took part in many of its most dramatic re-enactments. His books include "The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome", "The Unauthorised Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible", "Travelling Heroes: Greeks and their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer" and "Pagans and Christians in the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine".Read Less
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Robin Lane Fox's original biography on Alexander the Great published in 1973. A thoroughly exhaustive volume on Alexander not to be missed if one can find it. This author also published The Search for Alexander in 1980 which I have also reviewed.
Feb 15, 2009
Insightful and thorough, as usual with Lane Fox's work, although this was written around four decades ago and no doubt falls to be reviewed in the light of intervening archaeological work.
Excellent summary of Alexander's relatively short life and reign.
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