Robin Lane Fox Alexander the Great

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Alexander the Great

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Tough, resolute, fearless. Alexander was a born warrior and a ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in 323 B.C.E. at age thirty-two, his vast empire comprised more than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements were unparalleled—he had excelled as leader 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 world.

Robin Lane Fox's superb account searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time. Combining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, it brings this colossal figure vividly to life.

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Robin Fox is a respected ancient historian and scholar. An emeritus fellow and tutor of New College, Oxford, and a former reader in ancient history at Oxford University, Fox has taught Greek and Latin literature, Greek and Roman history, and early Islamic history. His literary honors include the Heinemann Award, the Duff Cooper Prize, and the James Tait Black Award.

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"A magnificent, compelling epic...He has honored him splendidly." —Sunday Telegraph

"Dramatic, rich in details about little things as well as great...filled with persistent probing into human psychology.... Throughout there is an air of excitement and tension." —The New York Times Book Review

"Fox writes on the heroic scale.... [He] has covered the ground with immense thoroughness." —The Economist

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