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The Campaigns of Alexander (Classics) Kindle Edition
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Considering what he had to work with, the outcome is simply amazing. Like Thucydides, Herodotus and Livy, his goal was to write a factual work that was to have been definitive...and it was. The campaigns are given much attention as well as the character of Alexander. For a more scholarly and literary work I recommend Robin Lane Fox and his biography of Alexander - just stupendous.
After all, if not for Alexander, would we care nearly so much about the Greeks? Alexander subdued the world from Illycrium to the Indus valley, bringing Greece to the East and the East to the Greeks. Without his conquests, the Greek language and culture would never have become so widespread or influential. He paved the way for the Romans, and ultimately, for the Christians after him. This brilliant General-King was therefore the creator of the history, not only of his own times, but also of the times which followed him.
Towards the beginning of the book, Arrian laments on behalf of Alexander that this greatest conquerer of all time had yet to have his deeds written down in a manner which was suited to his magnificence. Achilles had his Homer, but Alexander's exploits remained unsung. Arrian therefore boldly and boastfully steps forward, confident that his literary talents are a match for his subject. Let the reader judge Arrian's (or De Selincourt's) poetic gifts as he may, but the story itself guarantees its greatness.
Arrian brought a wealth of experience to his task. His own personal accomplishments were considerable. A Greek by descent, he was born in the city of Nicomedia, capital of the Roman province of Bithynia, sometime prior to A.D. 90. His family was prosperous and had attained Roman citizenship, giving young Arrian the possibility of a career in the imperial service. Before he was done, he attained the Roman consulship and was subsequently entrusted by Emperor Hadrian with the governorship of Cappadocia, a border province on the eastern frontier that entailed the command of two Roman legions plus auxiliary troops.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth the read! I learned a lot about one of the great figures in history - many lessons that still apply in this day and age.Published 16 days ago by TJ
I have a suggestion which is this: read Book VII first, and particularly pages 363-366, in which Alexander reflects on what he inherited from his father, Phillip, and what he did... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eros Faust
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 14 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 22 months ago by Frederick B. Gallaher