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The History of Alexander [Format Kindle]

Quintus Curtius Rufus , Waldemar Heckel , John Yardley

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Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius' History offers a great deal of information unobtainable from other sources of the time. A compelling narrative of a turbulent era, the work recounts events on a heroic scale, detailing court intrigue, stirring speeches and brutal battles - among them, those of Macedonia's great war with Persia, which was to culminate in Alexander's final triumph over King Darius and the defeat of an ancient and mighty empire. It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2214 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 339 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0140444122
  • Editeur : Penguin; Édition : Reprint (28 avril 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI96X0
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Three Major Sources for Alexander's Life 18 juillet 1998
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The most interesting and controversial, but not necessarily the most accurate, ancient biography of Alexander the Great. In addition to Arrian and Plutarch, you can't say you know all about Alexander until you read this book. Full of information not found in the other two biographies. Though it is often touted as not reliable, contemporary scholarship owes much of their increasingly negative opinion of Alexander the Great to this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant Source 15 juillet 2001
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Though not the definitive work on Alexander, Curtius provides detail not included by other sources. Sometimes hypocritical and biased, Curtius details the campaigns of Alexander with heavy focus on Alexander the person. To read this book is a must for anyone interested in Alexander. It is one of the primary sources and the fact that he is not as nice about Alexander (such as Plutarch or Arrian) may indeed do justice to the reader. This book can best be understood with the addition of Fuller's "The Generalship of Alexander The Great".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rufus Rules 6 décembre 2009
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A really cool book. Rufus is quite critical of Alexander at times - he describes the darker moments of his history. Obviously, not all of these stories would be true, but after reading Arrian, Rufus just seems so much more logical and believable. Rufus doesn't make a villain out of Alexander or anything, he just points out that everybody has flaws. He gives some interesting descriptions of the Persian culture - giving a Roman perspective of eastern customs. If you're writing a paper on Alexander then Rufus is a perfect counterpoint to the traditional history that people like Arrian and many modern historians tend to favour. A fun read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The History of Alexander 21 juillet 2006
Par Nadia Azumi - Publié sur
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Another book written on Alexander the Great,but different from the others. So many have written books about Alexander and yet in this book so many things I read for the first time.The book is very easy to read, ofcourse it is about the wars,conquers,of Alexander.The details that are not written in Arrian for example and Plutarch are several.I will give a few examples.
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.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 missing maps and badly formatted in kindle 7 mars 2014
Par Jeffrey Rusten - Publié sur
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This is a good book as a paperback, but it is not usable for Kindle, the maps are gone, the footnotes formatting is poor. I will be asking for my money back.
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