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Alexander the Great: Themes and Issues 0th Edition

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Anson focuses on the major issues that have been raised in recent decades around the figure of Alexander the Great and confronts all of these subjects with that scientific precision that has always characterized him. (Giuseppe Squillace, Università degli Studi della Calabria Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013-11-13)

Anson proves that it is still possible to write an original book about so seemingly hackneyed a topic as Alexander the Great. As his book's subtitle, Themes and Issues, indicates, this is not a biography, but an analysis of Alexander's reign through discussion of the principal topics in contemporary Alexander scholarship . . . The treatment is detailed with comprehensive citations of sources and relevant scholarship . . . An accessible guide to the state of Alexander studies that belongs in every college and university library. (Stanley M. Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles Choice Review)

This is a serious scholarly work, extensively researched and well written . an essential read. (A. A. Nofi StrategyPage)

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A cogent analysis of Alexander the Great's controversial career.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (June 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441193790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441193797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 8, 2015
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This is not just another biography on Alexander because the author has been very careful to avoid doing so. It is not either just another book on Alexander “the Great”. Rather, it is a book on a handful of themes that have been long associated with him, and long debated by historians, both ancient and modern ones. It is also, as the author put it so well, about “a fascination not only with him (Alexander, not the author!) and his many talents, but also with his flaws.”

I found that the author was rather successful in attempting this, with rather skilful cases being made even if, at times, these may be a bit speculative or even not entirely convincing. For instance, Edward Anson makes an excellent case when showing how much Alexander owed his father Philip II, the founder of Macedonian power. He is far from being the first historian to do so, as he acknowledges repeatedly. He is perhaps less convincing when discussing Alexander’s possible involvement in his father’s murder. While it does seem very unlikely that he had a hand in it, he may have known of the plot and done nothing to prevent the deed from happening, especially if his mother Olympias was involved. All this, however, is largely speculative because, for obvious political reasons, and even assuming that Alexander knew nothing, he would not – and could not – do anything against Olympias if she really was involved. The result is that this murder is a “cold case” and will ever remain so, even if some convenient culprits were found and executed.

Another particularly interesting point is to show how Alexander evolved over time, with the author drawing a rather convincing portrait of the kind of person he seems to have been.
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This is another great book on Alexander the Great. Many of them have the same info, more or less of certain subjects and details. I give it four stars only because it talks about Alexander. Whether this is your first Alexander read or you're still digging, this book is a good choice. I have to say that I read almost two dozen books on Alexander the Great before I was satisfied. He was the most fascinating figure in my opinion, a demigod.
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A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'n his Preface, Prof. Anson (Arkansas) asks “Why another book on Alexander the Great?” and then reminds us that there is still quite a lot of unexplored territory or questions needing a revisit, thus “Themes and Issues.” Anson addresses some of these in six chapters, the early history of Macedon, Philip II and “the rise of a Macedonian nation,” Alexander’s quest for deification, the administration of the empire, the concept of a “kingdom of Asia,” and, inevitably, a review of Alexander’s legacy. Anson often analyses conflicting ancient sources, trying to pick out the most likely version of events, which is at times not possible, but on the whole he does an excellent job, providing new insights into often murky events. A serious work, extensively researched and well written, Anson’s meticulous attention to sources makes it rather difficult to read, as the narrative is constantly interrupted by in-line references (there are also copious end notes). Nevertheless, for the serious student of Alexander and his times, this is an essential read.'

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