Anabasis Alexandrou (The Campaigns of Alexander), by Lucius Flavius Arrianus, a Roman of the second century, is the principal literary source for modern accounts about the Macedonian conqueror. If its composition three centuries after Alexander the Great lived inherently raises scholarly questions, Arrian’s account possesses a narrative momentum that will always interest general readers of ancient Greek history. To that audience, the editors have directed their Landmark series, which counts Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon in its prior lineage. Its formula of maps, photographs, chronologies, footnotes, and appendixes exceptionally elucidates texts without impeding their flow; readers may digress into academic controversies or forge ahead to the next battle, according to their wont. Arrian satisfies the latter inclination: historians use his information to reconstruct Alexander’s battlefield tactics, which this volume’s charts graphically depict. Arrian’s Roman audience harbored additional curiosities about Alexander, such as omens of his divinity, purges of his retinue, or incidents damaging to his reputation such as the destruction of the Persian capital Persepolis. A dual-use technology, the Landmark package is ideal for library needs: students may study, and browsers may browse. --Gilbert Taylor
"Skillfully edited by James Romm... and supplemented with a panoply of maps, illustrations and background essays by leading Alexander scholars...the most thrilling volume in this fine series."
--Steve Coates, The New York Times Book Review"The battle maps are the best in the entire series... Pamela Mensch's new translation is both literal and fast-paced... An ideal introductory text to the career of Alexander."
--Victor Davis Hanson, New Criterion
""There are hundreds of maps telling stories all their own ... Alexander's conquests stretched across the known world - this is the first edition of Arrian to show that world in all its vastness."
--Steve Donoghue, The National
"If, like me, you have never read more than an excerpt or two from Arrian's 'The Campaigns of Alexander,' you really should read this book." --N.S. Gill, About.com
"Sumptuously annotated and lavishly illustrated...Arrian is by far our best and most reliable source for the events he describes." --Tom Holland, The Wall Street JournalPraise for the Landmark SeriesThe Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika
“Lavish. . . . Outstanding. . . . There is nothing else like [it].”
—The New York Review of Books
“Beautifully produced. . . . [A] veritable treasure trove. . . . Constitute[s] a first-rate education in classical history.”—The New Criterion The Landmark Herodotus
“The most densely annotated, richly illustrated, and user-friendly edition of his Histories ever to appear.”
—Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker
“A real service. . . . Considerably improves accessibility by integrating hundreds of maps and extensive timelines . . . [and] amplifies the first historian’s own epic accomplishment.”—Forbes The Landmark Thucydides
“A magnificent edition of the great historian’s The Peloponnesian War.”—Los Angeles Times
“The editor and his contributors have asked themselves the fundamental question: how can one best present and interpret the work of one of the most fascinating but difficult of ancient authors to a modern audience? They have answered this question brilliantly.”—Classical Quarterly