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Arrian, or Lucius Flavius Arrianus, was a Greek born of well-to-do parents at Nicomedia, the capital of the Roman province of Bithynia, probalbly a few years before A.D. 90. His father had been granted Roman citizenship which enabled Arrian to take up his career in the imperial service. In about A.D. 108 he studied philosophy under Epictetus and wrote down his sayings in the Discourses, and a summary of his teachings in a Manual. His imperial advancement was rapid, and in A.D. 129 or 130 he achieved the consulship. But it was his appointment as governor of the border province of Cappadocia a year later which shows how greatly the Emperor Hadrian trusted his undoubted military and administrative abilities. His command included two Roman legions and numerous auxiliary troops, a rare, perhaps unexampled, responsibility for a Greek at that time. In A.D. 134 he drove the invading Alans out of Armenia in a campaign he describes in The Formation against the Alans. He also wrote a Tactical Manual for cavalry, and the Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, an account of the voyage he undertook from Trapezus to Dioscurias in 131-2. He retired or was recalled before the death of Hadrian in 138, and devoted the rest of his life to writing, living at Athens. He became an Athenian citizen and rose to be chief magistrate in 145, which qualified him to become a member of the Areopagus, the chief governing body of Athens. Nothing further is known for certain of his life. The surviving works of Arrian's Athenian period are a handbook, On the Chase, The Campaigns of Alexander in seven books, and the Indica, an account of the voyage of Alexander's fleet form India to the Perisian Gulf.
Aubrey de Sélincourt, scholar and translator, translated Livy’s The Early History of Rome (Books I—V) and The War with Hannibal (Books XXI—XXX), The Histories of Herodotus and The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, all for the Penguin Classics. He was born in 1896 and educated at Rugby, and University College, Oxford. A schoolmaster of genius for twenty-six years, he retired in 1947 to the Isle of Wight, where he lived until his death in 1962.
A bit slow to be honest. There were times when it felt like it was a drag, others when it felt like de ja vu, with the same words being repeated over & over again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mushfique
I'm guessing that 200 times I've read how great Arrian is compared to the other Alexander writers. Lo and behold, those 200 people were dead right.Published 11 months ago by Frederick B. Gallaher
A must read for historians as well as military strategists. The greatest military campaigner of all time Alexander was also, much, much more--a politician, an architect and city... Read morePublished 12 months ago by DH Koester
Had to get it for a class and to write a paper. Pretty interesting and kept me entertained. One of the better college books I had to read.Published 14 months ago by Ryan Natale
The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian is a great read those who are interested in the subject. I can understand that for someone new to ancient history may struggle the understand... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Travis
I found this compilation of events boring to the average reader like me. The book seemed to be written for a learned individual of 350 B.C. Not contemporary.Published 14 months ago by Eric
After I read a recent biography of Hadrian, I decided to follow up on the works of Flavian Arrianus (or Arrian), a governor and legate under Hadrian and a prolific author. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Prospero