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

Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth

byNorman F. Cantor

Kobo ebook | October 13, 2009

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"Alexander's behavior was conditioned along certain lines -- heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the personal life and military conquests of this most legendary of men. Cantor draws from the major writings of Alexander's contemporaries combined with the most recent psychological and cultural studies to show Alexander as he was -- a great figure in the ancient world whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model. Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

More than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.

Title:Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the EarthFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 13, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061738824

ISBN - 13:9780061738821


Rated 1 out of 5 by from DO NOT BUY While reading this book I found some very disturbing and serious mistakes in it. For example, on page 3 the Peloponnesian War is described as a conflict between the cities of Greece and the Persian Empire which united Athens and Sparta and culminated with the battle of Marathon. The Peloponnesin war was in fact a conlict between Athens and Sparta it had no direct link to the battle of Marathon in which Sparta did not take part. Further mistakes include referring to Alexander's father as Phillip III instead of Phillip II and naming the Roman Emperor Claudius as the one who innitiated the warship of the devine emperors. I did not finish the book because I bought it in order to learn more about Alexander the Great and his world and considering the errors i found in the first 60 pages I can not be cartain of other "facts" presented in this book.
Date published: 2013-02-15