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ISBN-13: 978-0415667432 ISBN-10: 0415667437 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415667437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415667432
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This second edition constitutes a thorough revamp. Many of the newly included essays were simply written too late for the first edition; but Worthington has done much more than just take account of excellent new work, because several of the newly included essays predate the first edition. In other words, he has rethought the entire project.... Like its predecessor, the second edition is a great success and an indispensable teaching tool." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

About the Author

Ian Worthington is Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He has published 15 sole-authored and edited books and over 100 articles and essays on Greek history, epigraphy and oratory. In 2005 he won the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in the Humanities, in 2007 the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Most Inspiring Professor Award and in 2010 the William H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elias Kapetanopoulos on June 20, 2012
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Alexander the Great: A Reader, edited by Ian Worthington, introduces one to the complexities of Alexander and the studies about him, and as expected naturally it proceeds on a more or less treaded path. "The Question of Macedonian Ethnicity" by Worthington himself, pages 23-26, is colored by the injection of a "Slavic factor" at the very beginning of the narrative, a modern intrusion into the studies of the ancient Macedonians which finds no support in the ancient sources. On the other hand, Alexander the Great: a Reader, a guide more exactly, does update in a way the state of Alexander studies, at least for an anglophone reading public.
All said, the coverage is more than adequate: (1) The sources, (2) Alexander's influences and the Macedonian background, (3) Alexander's aims, (4) Alexander's battles and generalship, (5) Alexander and the Greeks, (6) Alexander and the Persian empire, (7) Alexander, India and the Gedrosian desert, (8) From mass marriage to death, (9) Alexander and the 'unity of mankind', (10) Alexander and deification, (11) Alexander and conspiracies, and (12) Alexander: the 'Great'?
Naturally, the preceding are tinted by modern interpretations and by views of the ancient Greeks-Macedonians, although ground for such an argument can be extracted from the ancient sources. On the other hand, a preoccupation so-to-speak of Greek<>Macedonian obscures the Macedonians' role in the development of Greek civilization and perpetuates a dichotomy, which may be there from the sources, but makes no positive contribution to a more realistic understanding of the ancient Macedonians, as a component of Greece beyond its narrow, classical geographic perception (Actium-Thermopylae/or Thessaly). And this concept is best illustrated, for example, by Alexander's "Macedonia and the rest of Greece" (Arrian, 2.14.4).

Elias Kapetanopoulos, Professor Dr., CCSU Emeritus
20 June 2012
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By John Z on January 21, 2014
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This is definitely a great compilation of writings about Alexander The Great and the society, government and era that he lived in. I have only read a few sections and have learned a lot more than what is written in most other books on this subject. This is definitely not a general overview, it is a very detailed book. If you've already read other books and want a deeper knowledge of Alexander The Great and his times then you will find this book very appealing.
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