The History Of Alexander

Paperback | April 26, 2005

byQuintus Curtius RufusTranslated byJohn YardleyIntroduction byWaldemar Heckel

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The essential history of Alexander the Great, compelling and brilliantly realized

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius' History offers a great deal of information unobtainable from other sources of the time. A compelling narrative of a turbulent era, the work recounts events on a heroic scale, detailing court intrigue, stirring speeches and brutal battles—among them, those of Macedonia's great war with Persia, which was to culminate in Alexander's final triumph over King Darius and the defeat of an ancient and mighty empire. It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth.

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The essential history of Alexander the Great, compelling and brilliantly realizedAlexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the cen...

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Although no other human being has attracted so much speculation, Alexander has remained an enigma. This history of his life provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth.

Quintus Curtius Rufus, the Roman historian, wrote the only life in Latin of Alexander the Great. The author's identity and the date of composition of the work have been the subject of great debate. However, the evidence of recent years suggests he was a soldier and politician who rose from obscurity to a senatorial role under Tiberiu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.06 inPublished:April 26, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444122

ISBN - 13:9780140444124

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

The History of AlexanderIntroduction

Summary of the Lost Books 1 and 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 6
Book 7
Book 8
Book 9
Book 10

Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Notes

Appendices
1. List of Variations from the Budé Text
2. Chrononlogy
3. Glassary of Personal Names
4. Index of Mythical, Historical and Literary Figures
5. Index of Peoples
6. Geographical Index

Index to Maps

Maps
1. The Campaign of Alexander the Great (334-323 B.C.)
2. Alexander's Campaigns in Asia Minor (334-333/2 B.C.)
3. Alexander's Campaigns in India (327-325 B.C)