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The History of Alexander (Penguin Classics) Paperback – November 6, 1984
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Text: English, Latin (translation)
About the Author
Quintus Curtius Rufus, the Roman historian, wrote the only life in Latin of Alexander the Great. The author's identity and the date of composition of the work have been the subject of great debate. However, the evidence of recent years suggests he was a soldier and politician who rose from obscurity to a senatorial role under Tiberius (AD 14-37). However, the fall of the emperor's chief minister, Sejanus, brought his political career temporarily to an end and he turned to writing.
John Yardley was born in 1942 and educated at St Andrews and Oxford Universities. He is now Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Waldemar Heckel is now a Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada. His books include The Last Days and Testament of Alexander the Great: A Prosopographic Study and The Marshals of Alexander's Empire.
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One gets the impression that Alexander was losing it at the end, becoming increasingly reckless while falling under the spell of the eunuch Bagoas. Unfortunately, "The History of Alexander" is incomplete. The first two books and the beginning of the sixth are missing, and the later books all have lacunae of increasing severity. The whole drama of Alexander's return to Babylon, the death of Hephaestion, and Alexander's own final illness and death is missing. The work ends with the onset of the wars that broke out over the disputed succession to Alexander's throne, resulting in the splintering of the Macedonian empire.
John Yardley has produced a readable translation with a helpful introduction and notes by Waldemar Heckel. Included are bibliography, list of abbreviations, appendices, maps, and an index to maps. Overall an exciting account of one of history's most legendary figures.
One of Alexander's speeches,outstandingly written to pursue the killer of Darius.
The Amazon queen meeting Alexander and what she demands of him.The Caspian discovered by the soldiers, what they see and feel about the salted water.The speech of Coenus on behalf of the soldiers, and Alexander's speech.The fight of the Indus river.
The Gedrosian desert,and the judgement of Philotas. All is strongly suggest that if you are an Alexander lover you should add this book to your reading. Enjoy.