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In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded. <BR><BR>Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander’s death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra. <BR><BR>In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander’s astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing—which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.

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310BCE Assassination of Roxanne and Alexander IV, wife and son of Alexander the GreatHe took with him an entourage of scientists to record and analyse this information, from botany, biology, zoology and meteorology, to topographyEven Callisthenes, historian and nephew of Aristotle, whose ostentatious flattery had perhaps encouraged Alexander to see himself in the role of a god, refused to abase himselfIn 333 BCE Alexander and his troops defeated the larger force of King Darius III of Persia at the Battle of IssosWhen he was 13, Philip hired the Greek philosopher Aristotle to be Alexanders personal tutorBut he refused to take advantage of the situation because he wanted to defeat Darius in an equally matched battle so that the Persian king would never again dare to raise an army against him Battle between Macedonians and Indians The death of Buckephalus In this battle Alexander's horse Bucephalus was wounded and died

Leaving Persepolis in ruins and carrying off the vast treasures, he marched on to Bactria and Sogdianna, conquering them easilyAlexander was severally wounded in this attack when an arrow pierced his breastplate and his ribcage.But what does it all mean when there is not one left to remember - the great cavalry charge at Gaugamela, or the mountains of the Hindu Kush when we crossed a 100,000-man army into India? He was a god, CadmosEarly lifeHe appears to have deliberately chosen a life of adventure and wanted to be remembered in heroic terms

In the battle that followed, Alexander won a decisive victoryAristotle taught that human life has a purpose and that all people need to realize that purpose and that everyone should use their abilities to their fullest potentialAlexander the Great Oct 20 2014 Prev 6 Next 6 0 Next Helen of Troy (1956) Adventure Drama History 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint(2013, November 14)These theories often cite the fact that Alexander's health had fallen to dangerously low levels after years of overdrinking and suffering several appalling wounds (including one in India that nearly claimed his life), and that it was only a matter of time before one sickness or another finally killed himWritten by Chris Makrozahopoulos Plot Summary Add Synopsis Plot Keywords: macedonian empire army king persian See All (53) Taglines: Conqueror of conquerors! Spectacle of spectacles! The colossus of motion pictures! See more Genres: Biography Drama History War Certificate: Not Rated See all certifications Parents Guide: View content advisory Edit Details Country: USA Spain Language: English Release Date: 31 August 1956 (France) See more Also Known As: Alexander der Groe See more Filming Locations: Estudios CEA, Madrid, Spain See more Box Office Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated) See more Company Credits Production Co: C.BI'm sure that not everything portrayed is true to history (does anyone really care?), but it is convincing, and the acting is solidThe army was accompanied by surveyors, engineers, architects, scientists, court officials, and historians; from the outset Alexander seems to have envisaged an unlimited operation.Mosaic of Alexander the Great discovered in the House of the Faun, Pompeii, ItalyThe Macedonians rescued him in a narrow escape from the villageAlexander's next tutor was Lysimachus, who used role-playing to capture the restless boy's attention

According to the legend, on the way he was blessed with abundant rain, and guided across the desert by ravensArrian presents a flattering portrait, Curtius a darker oneThe other Greek states were cowed by this severity, and Alexander could afford to treat Athens lenientlyThe army of Alexander was, for the most part, that of his father PhilipHistory has dubbed Alexander as Alexander the GreatAlexander had on several occasions encouraged favourable comparison of his own accomplishments with those of Dionysus or HeraclesVirtue, said Aristotle, lies in moderation in all thingsAt Susa Alexander held a feast to celebrate the seizure of the Persian empire, at which, in furtherance of his policy of fusing Macedonians and Persians into one master race, he and 80 of his officers took Persian wives; he and Hephaestion married Dariuss daughters Barsine (also called Stateira) and Drypetis, respectively, and 10,000 of his soldiers with native wives were given generous dowries.This policy of racial fusion brought increasing friction to Alexanders relations with his Macedonians, who had no sympathy for his changed concept of the empire

Please enter a valid email address Sign me up By submitting your information, you agree to receive emails from HISTORY and A+E NetworksAlexander's army crossed the Hellespont with about 40,000 Greek soldiersView Check in DETAILS Full Cast and Crew Release Dates Official Sites Box Office/Business Company Credits Filming Locations Technical Specs Literature STORYLINE Taglines Plot Summary Synopsis Plot Keywords Parents Guide RELATED ITEMS NewsDesk External Sites OPINION Awards FAQ User Reviews User Ratings External Reviews Metacritic Reviews PHOTO & VIDEO Photo Gallery Trailers and Videos DID YOU KNOW? Trivia Goofs Crazy Credits Quotes Alternate Versions Connections Soundtracks 5.5/10 144,685 1,404 user 245 critic Rate This Alexander(2004) R 2h 55min Action, Adventure, Biography 24 November 2004 (USA) Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known worldBut there are also reports that that both Olympias and Alexander were responsible for the assassination, by driving the young man into committing the actWriting after Alexander's death, another participant, Onesicritus, went so far as to invent a tryst between Alexander and Thalestris, queen of the mythical AmazonsWaterfield, R, Dividing the Spoils (Oxford University Press, USA, 2012)Already in his lifetime the subject of fabulous stories, he later became the hero of a full-scale legend bearing only the sketchiest resemblance to his historical career.LifeHe was born in 356 bce at Pella in Macedonia, the son of Philip II and Olympias (daughter of King Neoptolemus of Epirus)A year later, while still just a teen, he became a soldier and embarked on his first military expedition, against the Thracian tribes 48a4f088c3

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