Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Hugh Bowden


Alexander the good grew to become king of Macedon in 336 BC, while he was once in basic terms two decades previous, and died on the age of 32, twelve years later. in the course of his reign he conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the most important empire that had ever existed, top his military from Greece to Pakistan, and from the Libyan wasteland to the steppes of valuable Asia. His meteoric occupation, as chief of an alliance of Greek towns, Pharaoh of Egypt, and King of Persia, had a profound influence at the global he moved via. Even in his lifetime his achievements grew to become mythical and within the centuries that following his tale was once instructed and retold all through Europe and the East. Greek grew to become the language of energy within the jap Mediterranean and lots more and plenty of the close to East, as strong Macedonian dynasts carved up Alexander's empire into kingdoms in their personal, underlaying the flourishing Hellenistic civilization that emerged after his dying.

But what can we rather find out about Alexander? during this Very brief Introduction, Hugh Bowden is going in the back of the standard old debts of Alexander's existence and occupation. as a substitute, he specializes in the facts from Alexander's personal time -- letters from officers in Afghanistan, Babylonian diaries, files from Egyptian temples -- to aim and know the way Alexander seemed to those that encountered him. In doing so he additionally demonstrates the profound impression the legends of his existence have had on our ancient figuring out and the debate they proceed to generate worldwide.

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