Alexander the Great in His World
Carol G. Thomas
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Altertum
Alexander the Great is one of the most celebrated figures ofantiquity. In this book, Carol G. Thomas places this powerfulfigure within the context of his time, place, culture, and ancestryin order to discover what influences shaped his life andcareer. The book begins with an exploration of the Macedonia thatconditioned the lives of its inhabitants. It also traces suchinfluences on Alexander's life as his royal Argead ancestry,his father, Philip II, and his mother, Olympias. The authorexamines Alexander's engagement with Greek culture,especially his relationship with Aristotle, and contemplates howother societal factors - especially the highly militarizedMacedonian kingdom and the nature of Macedonia's relationshipwith neighboring states - contributed to hisachievement. What was the significance of these influences on the man whosucceeded in conquering most of the known world from the AdriaticSea to the Indus River? The author focuses on this question inexploring ancient landscapes and resurrecting key figures fromantiquity in order to penetrate the motivation, goals, and innerbeing of Alexander the Great.
"Every generation, and virtually every scholar has given the worlda different Alexander - each one the product of the writer's timeand cultural conditioning. This book places Alexander squarely inthe only meaningful context, his own geographical and mentalworld." Waldemar Heckel, University ofCalgary <!--end--> "Would serve well as one of several works offered to anundergraduate class ... The work is well written and clearlypresented." Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Will provide a basic introduction to her subject which someteachers and students may find helpful." Journal of ClassicsTeaching "An engaging and persuasive book, which offers a newperspective ... .It will maintain the interest of specialists... yet remain accessible to the general reader."Canadian Journal of History "Every generation, and virtually every scholar has given the worlda different Alexander - each one the product of the writer's timeand cultural conditioning. This book places Alexander squarely inthe only meaningful context, his own geographical and mentalworld."
Ancient & Classical Greek & Hellenistic History, Humanistische Studien, Hellenistische Geschichte, Geschichte der griechischen Antike, Classical Studies