- Paperback: 492 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521531373
- ISBN-13: 978-0521531375
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,385,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alexander the Great: Volume 2, Sources and Studies (Vol 2)
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Tarn's Alexander the Great, first published in 1948, has become a classic and its importance for subsequent Alexander studies can hardly be exaggerated. Based on a lifetime's work and elegantly and persuasively written, both volumes evoked immediate admiration - and very soon sharp reaction.
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However, this book is authoritative; yes, certainly it is. The problem is that Amazon is selling only Volume II. Volume II serves as complement of Volume I, the biography and essay written by Tarn. Volume II backs up Tarn's exegesis, and is the place where to find the fragments that led Tarn to support his hypotheses. Volume II without volume I is kind of a pen without ink -- the pen will write again once that you have refilled it.
Last, but not least, I live and study Alexander often in a very subjective way. It is my fervent passion that leads me sometimes not to be objective. I belong to the current of the so-to-speak Apologetics, and am inclined to inflate Alexander's greatness and forget some of his biggest mistakes (or let's say, his non virtuous actions that characterize the last years of his short life). Generals as Alexander can be counted on the finger of one hand. He slept with the Ilias under his pillow - I sleep in a bedroom where there are hundred of books speaking about him. After all, we all have our weaknesses.........and please DO NOT buy this book (volume II) if you are not able to get ahold of Volume I. Thanks for reading!!