Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Journey to the End of the Earth

Book - 2005
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"Alexander's behavior was conditioned along certain lines -- heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the personal life and military conquests of this most legendary of men. Cantor draws from the major writings of Alexander's contemporaries combined with the most recent psychological and cultural studies to show Alexander as he was -- a great figure in the ancient world whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model. Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

More than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060570125
Branch Call Number: 938.0709 ALEXANDE
Characteristics: ix, 180 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ranieri, Dee


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Aug 14, 2010

As someone with very little background knowledge on the subject, just personal interest, I found Cantor's style of writing and depiction of the events very assimilable. I quite enjoyed the book and found myself eager to read on and learn more, as opposed to struggling through pages and pages of dry writing just to learn the gist of the history as I have experienced with some other writers.

If indeed all that he has done is "cite nothing but old info and others' resources," at least he has reframed the information in a concise, captivating layout that the layman can appreciate without having to go sieve through more in depth and less accessible literature on Alexander the Great.

Oct 13, 2009

What a HUGE waste of money and time for the library and myself!!!! The author is arrogant, and cites nothing but old info and other's resources!!!!
Towards the end the author goes on about how Alexander lived before the "Christian ages" vs the "Pagan ages" and therefore we should not and cannot understand his motivatation, well
duh!!!! And finally, is not a dictator a dicator no matter when he murdered or ruled the world!!!!


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