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Alexander the Great [PDF / Epub] ☉ Alexander the Great Author Robin Lane Fox – Thomashillier.co.uk From award winning historian Robin Lane Fox, Alexander the Great searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own timeTough, resolute, fearless, A From award winning historian Robin Lane Fox, Alexander the Great searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own timeTough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown When he died inBC aged thirty two, his vast empire comprised than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to IndiaHis achievements were unparalleled he had excelled as leader Alexander the Kindle - to his men, founded eighteen new cities and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East The myth he created is as potent today as it was in the ancient worldCombining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, Alexander the Great brings this colossal figure vividly to life So enjoyable and well written Fox s book became my main guide through Alexander s amazing story Oliver Stone, director of Alexander I do not know which to admire most, his vast erudition or his imaginative grasp of so remote and complicated a period and such a complex personality Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times An achievement of Alexandrian proportions New StatesmanRobin Lane Fox was the main historical advisor to Oliver Stone on his film Alexander, and took part in many of its most dramatic re enactments His books include The Classical World An Epic History of Greece and Rome, The Unauthorised Version Truth and Fiction in the Bible, Travelling Heroes Greeks and their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer and Pagans and Christians in the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine.

    Free Unlimited eBook took part in many of its most dramatic re enactments His books include The Classical World An Epic History of Greece and Rome, The Unauthorised Version Truth and Fiction in the Bible, Travelling Heroes Greeks and their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer and Pagans and Christians in the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine."/>
  • Paperback
  • 576 pages
  • Alexander the Great
  • Robin Lane Fox
  • English
  • 28 July 2019
  • 0141020768

About the Author: Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox born is an English historian, currently a Fellow of New College, Oxford and University of Oxford Reader in Ancient HistoryLane Fox was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, OxfordSince , he has been a tutor in Greek and Roman history, and since University Reader in Ancient History He has also taught Greek and Latin literature and early Islamic history, a subject in which he held an Oxford Research Fellowship, and is also New College s Tutor for Alexander the Kindle - Oriental Studies He is a lecturer in Ancient History at Exeter College, OxfordHe was historical adviser to the film director Oliver Stone for the epic Alexander His appearance as an extra, in addition to his work as a historical consultant, was publicized at the time of the film s releaseLane Fox is also a gardening correspondent for the Financial TimesHe is the father of the internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, the founder of LastminuteThey are not related to, and should not be confused with Robin Fox, anthropologist, and his daughter Kate Fox, social anthropologist.



10 thoughts on “Alexander the Great

  1. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    This is a classic biography by the incredible Robin Lane Fox I am trying to get through his latest Augustine now about Alexandre the Great The fruit of years of research, this book dives into mountains of archeological research to portray this young conqueror of the known world who died too young to see his empire survive even a single generation Any yet, someone who left his hand on the world from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and beyond A moving tale and incredibly factual, it is th This is a classic biography by the incredible Robin Lane Fox I am trying to get through his latest Augustine now about Alexandre the Great The fruit of years of research, this book dives into mountains of archeological research to portray this young conqueror of the known world who died too young to see his empire survive even a single generation Any yet, someone who left his hand on the world from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and beyond A moving tale and incredibly factual, it is the best book I have ever found about this incredible figure in history That being said, it was published back in 1975 and I ignore whether there arerecent biographies that revealdetails or missing information that has resulted from the last 40 years of archaeological research into Alexandre the Great I would certainly welcome suggestions of such in the comments to this review

  2. Caroline Caroline says:

    Alexander has always been a fascinating figure to me Modern society likes to compare him to Hitler and focus on the number of deaths involved in his conquest of the Persian Empire, but you just can t retrospectively judge figures from history with modern morals and ethics Whatever else he was, Alexander was probably the greatest conqueror, general and explorer in history to do all he did by the age of 32 is astonishing One can only imagine what he might have achieved had he lived.This isn t Alexander has always been a fascinating figure to me Modern society likes to compare him to Hitler and focus on the number of deaths involved in his conquest of the Persian Empire, but you just can t retrospectively judge figures from history with modern morals and ethics Whatever else he was, Alexander was probably the greatest conqueror, general and explorer in history to do all he did by the age of 32 is astonishing One can only imagine what he might have achieved had he lived.This isn t the easiest book to read it presumes a certain level of knowledge about the world of the Greek Mediterranean, and Lane Fox s sentences do have a tendency to run on, but for the most part he writes clearly and lucidly He really succeeds in bringing the world of Alexander to life, but he never veers off into imagination or speculation he constantly reminds readers of how little there is left, how much is still unknown I would have preferred less emphasis on the battles andon the day to day life, but that s a small criticism One gets little sense of the character of Alexander or Hephaistion or other of Alexander s Companions, but with so little documentary evidence and at such a great remove in history it would be dishonest of any historian to pretend to such knowledge

  3. Greg James Greg James says:

    If you want to know anything and everything about Alexander the Great, then this book is for you Robin Lane Fox examines every aspect of the life of Alexander and crafts an extremely detailed and dense history of the man and his conquests While it can sometimes be dry, the book as a whole is wonderful for students of history like myself This book is not for the casually interested however My only criticism is Fox s description of Alexander s battle strategy, which I found to be a mistake Al If you want to know anything and everything about Alexander the Great, then this book is for you Robin Lane Fox examines every aspect of the life of Alexander and crafts an extremely detailed and dense history of the man and his conquests While it can sometimes be dry, the book as a whole is wonderful for students of history like myself This book is not for the casually interested however My only criticism is Fox s description of Alexander s battle strategy, which I found to be a mistake Alexander utilized the hammer and anvil strategy in most of his battles, with the phalanx acting as the anvil, holding the enemy in place, while the cavalry acted as the hammer, swinging around the flanks and smashing into the rear to break the enemy line Fox wrote that cavalry broke the infantry fist and then the phalanx marched over the disorganized enemy troops Not a serious problem, as Fox is not a military historian, but cavalry has never been used to break unweakened infantry lines, it would be suicide

  4. Hesamul Haque Hesamul Haque says:

    I took this book not exactly having in mind to know about the great adventures of the Alexander the Great but to understand the way how people used to live and their cultures at such an ancient time and how they follow their King s order But I am glad that I chose to read a biography of Alexander, Alexander was a great leader, fearless, powerful, optimistic, respecting women and I also found him introvert at times and highly dedicated towards his work There are some words which are highly comp I took this book not exactly having in mind to know about the great adventures of the Alexander the Great but to understand the way how people used to live and their cultures at such an ancient time and how they follow their King s order But I am glad that I chose to read a biography of Alexander, Alexander was a great leader, fearless, powerful, optimistic, respecting women and I also found him introvert at times and highly dedicated towards his work There are some words which are highly complex to pronounce and even to understand some Greek names and such But I am happy to have read this book

  5. David David says:

    I still have this fantastic biography on my shelves at home It was the first book I read when I first arrived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to work for Aramco We were lucky to have landed in such a place to work for the next 10 years Their library was as complete as you could hope for in such a place.I had already become a devoted Hellenophile Throughout my years in the Middle East Iran, Arabia, Algeria, and Greece Near East I had accumulated a train of experiences that held onto me like the I still have this fantastic biography on my shelves at home It was the first book I read when I first arrived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to work for Aramco We were lucky to have landed in such a place to work for the next 10 years Their library was as complete as you could hope for in such a place.I had already become a devoted Hellenophile Throughout my years in the Middle East Iran, Arabia, Algeria, and Greece Near East I had accumulated a train of experiences that held onto me like the tentacles of a gentle octopus, un constraining, un suffocating just attached and always tugging me away from other horizons such as the Orient, India, South America, at least for living and working in those places.So, Robin Lane Fox s Alexander underpinned a lot of what I know and feel about the Middle East and Western Civilization I would say that if you truly want to understand Western Civilization from its first foundations, you have to know the story of Jesus of Nazareth, Alexander the Great and what formed him and the life and death of Julius Caesar a few of the pivotal individuals from whom we have descended today Currently, in America at any rate, our leaders and culture seem to be lost in a deep, dark cave with no reference to, even ignorance of, our ancient past Fox s Alexander is so well written, so well illustrated with maps of battles and so well contextualized that I cannot imagine a better biography being written of Alexander without new discoveries in historical texts and archaeology that would throw fresh light on the exploits of him and his Macedonians I would like to know, for example,about his impact on the history of India and China, oron how his Ptolemaic heirs affected the development of Judaism and Christianity, how his stated intentions to dip down into Arabia Felix with his star admiral, Nearchus, affected the much later development of the Prophet Mohammed s vision for the spread of Islam.Having lived in Persia under the last Shah, I felt that Fox depicted well Alexander s respect for the country and the Persian King Darius and his desire not to destroy the king or the country but to absorb it like a giant snake as he did with most of his conquests It is very hard to have known the Persians without loving them, which I think he did His example of understanding the cultures he conquered and turning their existing rulers and traditions into instruments of rule must have also influenced wise leaders from the Apostles to the victors of the Second World War

  6. Patricia Patricia says:

    Robin Lane Fox s Alexander the Great has inspired me to compile my own suggested list of Best History Books because that is the best verdict I can give of this work I am not a classicist I am not really interested in Mediterranean history nor in warriors or tales of conquest I am a sinologist, symbolist, and art historian, and as a result, thought I would quickly page through this tome 568 pages of tiny paperback print looking for references of the Greek artists and artisans from Alexande Robin Lane Fox s Alexander the Great has inspired me to compile my own suggested list of Best History Books because that is the best verdict I can give of this work I am not a classicist I am not really interested in Mediterranean history nor in warriors or tales of conquest I am a sinologist, symbolist, and art historian, and as a result, thought I would quickly page through this tome 568 pages of tiny paperback print looking for references of the Greek artists and artisans from Alexander s time whose descendants are credited with having influenced early Buddhist Gandharan iconography What I found was a story so rich, so well told, so well researched with the sharpest of eyes and common sense that questioned tradition, that I was hooked from the first chapter I would assume that anyone reading this review also loves history and probably already knows the story of Alexander the Great, but if you haven t read this history, you aren t finished Fox has constructed his life of Alexander from all the known sources, but questions each so thoroughly, asking whether it sounds reasonable or not, could there have been motivating factors that would have caused this interpretation of this event, and who was the author, and then unlike many others , explaining his personal interpretation based on the context, historical facts, motivational factors, etc that I finally understood all those discussions from that almost long forgotten University course I took on the philosophy of history This is, as the dust jacket tells us, a magnificent, compelling epic The author s vast eruditionexact scholarshipimaginative grasp of so remote and complicated a period and such a complex personality is and I use this word carefully riveting I read late into the night for several days almost unable to put this volume down until I needed a break from the sheer depth and weight of the text I found my answer in the last chapter, which is the single best essay I have found to date of Alexander s gift to the world the liveliest political culture in the world Greek culture, trade, language, art, upbringing, aspirations the embers of Hellenism

  7. Monty Milne Monty Milne says:

    Alexander is surely the only world conquering hero who remains an attractive personality even under the close and fair minded scrutiny of a genius like Lane Fox The ruthlessness, the purges, murderous fits of drunken temper, the war crimes by today s standards none are glossed over But the mesmeric power of his personality still exerts a fascination, even at this distance in time Perhaps it is because one senses Alexander s love for those who served with him and sometimes even those he c Alexander is surely the only world conquering hero who remains an attractive personality even under the close and fair minded scrutiny of a genius like Lane Fox The ruthlessness, the purges, murderous fits of drunken temper, the war crimes by today s standards none are glossed over But the mesmeric power of his personality still exerts a fascination, even at this distance in time Perhaps it is because one senses Alexander s love for those who served with him and sometimes even those he conquered was genuine Bonaparte never shed tears of remorse for those who died in his cause, and was in every point of comparison a far lesser man than Alexander I found this a profoundly moving and fascinating book, but it is not the one to go to first It presumes a reasonable grounding in the ancient world, and it is certainly not the kind of book you can skim or read quickly the text reminded me of a fine old vintage Burgundy of the type the author would be accustomed to drink at High Table in New College Oxford dense, complex, robust, beautifully structured, fragrant a delightful experience taken in steady appreciative sips, but if taken too quickly in large amounts, causing headaches, amnesia, and eventual unconsciousness

  8. Andrew Andrew says:

    Not your average biography It s easy to get lost in the multitude of names, ancient places, and the digressions of the author Nonetheless, it s worth the google searches and close reading to stick with this book The author largely sticks to what is known of Alexander, and when there are competing sources, gives a detailed analysis and conclusion of what the most likely outcome was Helpfully, the author details Alexander s fighting style, weapons, and army companies near the start This backg Not your average biography It s easy to get lost in the multitude of names, ancient places, and the digressions of the author Nonetheless, it s worth the google searches and close reading to stick with this book The author largely sticks to what is known of Alexander, and when there are competing sources, gives a detailed analysis and conclusion of what the most likely outcome was Helpfully, the author details Alexander s fighting style, weapons, and army companies near the start This background allowed a greater understanding of the brilliance behind Alexander s strategy I doubt there s adetailed book on Alexander out there If you can keep the names and places straight, and not get lost in the digressions, this is the authoritative book on Alexander the Great Although I had to slog through some portions, I d recommend it to anyone interested in classical history, or curious about the man behind the legend

  9. Shanna Shanna says:

    I honestly LOVED reading this book Alexander the Great has always been a point of interest for me, and this book only made that interest grow Robin Lane Fox did a fantastic job in writing this book and working through the mountain of information legend and otherwise that surrounds Alexander the Great I didn t feel like I could really give this 5 5 stars, though, due to the fact that my copy is the 1997 Folio Society edition Don t get me wrong I love older books the smell, seeing the a I honestly LOVED reading this book Alexander the Great has always been a point of interest for me, and this book only made that interest grow Robin Lane Fox did a fantastic job in writing this book and working through the mountain of information legend and otherwise that surrounds Alexander the Great I didn t feel like I could really give this 5 5 stars, though, due to the fact that my copy is the 1997 Folio Society edition Don t get me wrong I love older books the smell, seeing the author work through what information they have, and so forth However, I feel like I would need to read an updated version to see if I d give this book a 5 5 stars

  10. Cliff Ward Cliff Ward says:

    Robin Lane Fox has the very rare talent of epic storyteller, yet combined with a lifetime of dedication to historical studies In the case of the subject of this book, Alexander the Great happens to be his most studied and focused area.The descriptions of Alexander s early life, the political intrigues of the Macedonian court, his tutoring by Aristotle, and his fascination with Achilles and the stories of Homer all shine through When we get into the revenge that Macedons and Greeks need to pa Robin Lane Fox has the very rare talent of epic storyteller, yet combined with a lifetime of dedication to historical studies In the case of the subject of this book, Alexander the Great happens to be his most studied and focused area.The descriptions of Alexander s early life, the political intrigues of the Macedonian court, his tutoring by Aristotle, and his fascination with Achilles and the stories of Homer all shine through When we get into the revenge that Macedons and Greeks need to pay the Persians, the story is fast running and vivid We can almost feel we are there on those dusty plains with Alexander charging on his famous horse Bucephalus, the steady march of the infantry with their porcupine formations, and the utter disbelief of the the Persian king Darius as he needs to turn his golden chariot around and flee the battlefield Constantly the authors breath and depth of knowledge shines through and his strong intention to be impartial to the opposing sides bearing in mind only Greek derived sources exist Alexander the warrior, Alexander the politician, Alexander the God, just about every aspect of his life is covered.Oh, but the maps at least in the paperback are terrible It hardly matters in the modern day of the internet though and I found I wanted to constantly look up and find other sources amid the mountain of new facts I was discovering

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