Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life by Thomas R. Martin, Christopher W. Blackwell

By Thomas R. Martin, Christopher W. Blackwell

Every little thing we all know approximately Alexander comes from old resources, which agree unanimously that he was once impressive and bigger than daily mortals. From his beginning right into a hypercompetitive global of royal girls via his education less than the eyes and fists of stern squaddies and the piercing mind of Aristotle; via friendships, rivalries, conquests and negotiations; via acts of generosity and acts of homicide, this e-book explains who Alexander was once, what inspired him, the place he succeeded (in his personal eyes) and the place he failed, and the way he believed that he earned a brand new 'mixed' nature combining the human and the divine.

This ebook explains what made Alexander 'Great' in keeping with the folks and expectancies of his time and position and rejects sleek judgments asserted at the foundation of an implicit ethical superiority to antiquity.

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The Macedonian cavalry was also on the left, and scholars often assume that Alexander was on horseback leading the cavalry. Diodorus, the only ancient writer to describe Alexander’s role, gives no indication whether he was mounted or on foot. What is clear is that Alexander fought bravely and was instrumental in winning the battle. His end of the battle line attacked the strongest forces of the opposing Greeks, the 300 warriors of the Sacred Band from Thebes. These were elite, highly trained soldiers, famous for their courage and a combat ethos based on unit cohesion and the complete willingness of each soldier to die for his comrades; some said that the Theban Band consisted of pairs of lovers who fought side-by-side.

He stabbed Philip to death on the dirt of the arena, before the very eyes of the spectators gathered for what they had expected to be a joyous celebration. The assassin turned to make his escape, but he tripped on a vine and fell. In the uproar of the moment, armed Macedonians surrounded him and speared him to death on the spot. Like so many political murders since, the killing of Philip of Macedon invites speculation about motives and conspiracies. Did Pausanias act alone? Ancient authors agree that Pausanias acted out of revenge.

With this improvised flotilla, he ferried 5,000 men across in one night. Dawn revealed the Macedonians, ready for combat. Seeing how easily Alexander had defeated this “Greatest of Rivers,” the barbarians holding the northern side fled, and the tribes sued for peace with this king who seemed to know no limits. In fact, Alexander’s brilliance remained so vivid in memory that for half a century no Thracian attacked his homeland. To the west of the now pacified Thracians was Macedonia’s most relentless enemy, the Illyrians.

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