Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth by Norman F. Cantor

By Norman F. Cantor

"Alexander's habit was once conditioned alongside sure lines—heroism, braveness, energy, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

during this succinct portrait of Alexander the good, unusual pupil and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public lifestyles and armed forces conquests of this such a lot mythical of fellows. Cantor attracts from the key writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the newest mental and cultural stories to teach Alexander as he was—a nice determine within the historic global whose confusing character drastically fueled his army accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous courting together with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement together with his mom, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He strains Alexander's makes an attempt to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, utilizing Achilles, hero of the Trojan struggle, as his version. eventually, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself when it comes to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

greater than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a mental rendering of a guy of his time.

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