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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Conquistadpr. From award-winning historian Robin Lane Fox, Alexander the Great searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own muhdo. Tough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in BC aged thirty-two, his From award-winning historian Robin Lane Fox, Alexander the Great searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time.
When he died in BC aged thirty-two, his vast empire comprised more than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements were unparalleled – he had excelled as leader to his men, founded eighteen new cities and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East. The myth he created is as potent today as it was in the ancient world.
Alexander the Great
Combining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, Alexander the Great brings this colossal figure vividly to life. His books include The Classical World: Truth and Fiction in the BibleTravelling Heroes: Paperbackpages.
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To ask other readers questions about Alexander the Greatplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 01, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a classic biography by the incredible Robin Lane Fox I am trying to get through his latest Augustine now! The fruit of years of research, this book dives into mountains of archeological research to portray this young conqueror of the known world who died too young to see his empire alejaandro even a single generation.
Any yet, someone who left his hand on the world from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and beyond. A moving tale and apejandro factual, it is th This is a classic biography by the incredible Robin Lane Fox I am trying to get through his latest Augustine now! A moving tale and incredibly factual, it is the best book I have ever found about this incredible figure in history. That being said, it was published back in and I ignore whether there are more recent biographies that reveal more details or missing information that has resulted from the last 40 years of archaeological research into Alexandre the Great.
I would certainly welcome suggestions of such in the comments to this review. Mar 23, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: Alexander has always been a fascinating figure to me.
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
Modern society likes to compare him to Hitler and focus on the number of deaths involved in his conquest of the Persian Empire, but you just can’t retrospectively judge figures from history with modern morals and ethics.
Whatever else he was, Alexander was probably the greatest conqueror, general and explorer in history – to do all he did by the age of 32 is astonishing. One can only imagine what he might have achieved had he lived. This isn’t Alexander has always been a fascinating figure to me. This isn’t the easiest book to read – it presumes a certain level of knowledge about the world of the Greek Mediterranean, and Lane Fox’s sentences do have a tendency to run on, but for the most part he writes clearly and lucidly.
He really succeeds in bringing the world of Alexander to life, but he never veers off into imagination or speculation – he constantly reminds readers of how little there is left, how much is still unknown. I would have preferred less emphasis on the battles and more on the day-to-day life, but that’s a small criticism.
One gets little sense of the character of Alexander or Hephaistion or other of Alexander’s Companions, but with so little documentary evidence and at such a great remove in history it would be dishonest of any historian to pretend to such knowledge. View all 5 comments.
Oct 21, Greg James rated it it was amazing. If you wlejandro to know anything and everything about Alexander the Great, then this book is for you. Robin Lane Fox examines every aspect of the life of Alexander and crafts an extremely detailed and dense history of the man and his conquests.
While it can sometimes be dry, the book as a whole is wonderful for students of history like myself.
This book is not for the casually interested however. My only criticism is Fox’s conqkistador of Alexander’s battle strategy, which I found to be a mistake. Al If you want to know anything and everything about Alexander the Great, then this book is for you. Alexander utilized the “hammer and anvil” strategy in most of his battles, with the phalanx acting as the anvil, holding the enemy in place, while the cavalry acted as the hammer, swinging around the flanks and smashing into the rear to break the enemy aldjandro.
Fox wrote that cavalry broke the infantry fist and then the phalanx marched d the disorganized qlejandro troops. Not a serious problem, as Fox is not a military historian, but cavalry has never been used to break unweakened infantry lines, it would be suicide. Jan 14, Hesamul Haque rated it it was amazing. I took this book not exactly having in mind to know about the great adventures of the Alexander the Great but to understand the way how people used to live and their cultures at such fo ancient time and how they follow their King’s order.
But I am glad that I chose to read a biography of Alexander, Alexander was a great leader, fearless, powerful, optimistic, respecting women and I also found him introvert at times and highly dedicated towards his work. There are some words which are highly comp I took this book not exactly having in mind to know about the great adventures of the Alexander the Great but to understand the way how people used to live and their cultures at such an ancient time and how they follow their King’s order.
There are some words which are highly complex to pronounce and even to understand some Greek names and such. But I am happy to have read this book. Jun 09, David K. I still have this fantastic biography on my shelves at home. We were lucky to have landed in such a place to work for the next 10 years.
Their library was as complete as you could hope for in such a place. I had already become conquistaror devoted Hellenophile. Throughout my years in the Middle East–Iran, Arabia, Algeria, and Greece Near East I had accumulated a train of experiences that held onto me like the I still have this fantastic biography on my shelves at home.
Throughout my years in the Middle East–Iran, Arabia, Algeria, and Greece Near East I had accumulated a train of experiences that held onto me like the tentacles of a gentle octopus, un-constraining, un-suffocating—just attached and always tugging me away from other horizons such mund the Orient, India, South America, at least for living and working in those places.
I would say that if you truly want to understand Western Civilization from its first foundations, you have to know the story conquistadorr Jesus of Nazareth, Alexander the Robun and what formed him and the life and death of Julius Caesar—a few of the pivotal individuals from muno we have descended today. Currently, in America at any rate, our leaders and culture seem to be lost in a deep, dark cave with foox reference to, even ignorance of, our ancient past.
Fox’s Alexander is so well written, so well illustrated with maps of battles and so well contextualized that I cannot imagine a better biography being written of Alexander without new discoveries in historical texts and archaeology that would ,ane fresh light on the exploits of him and his Macedonians.
It is very hard to have known the Persians without loving them, which I think he did. His example of understanding the cultures he conquered and turning their existing rulers and traditions into instruments of rule must have also influenced wise leaders from the Apostles to the victors of the Second World War. Aug 25, Patricia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Robin Lane Fox’s Alexander the Great has inspired me to compile my own suggested list of “Best History Books” because that is the best verdict I can give of this work.
I am not a classicist; I am not really interested in Mediterranean history nor in warriors or tales of conquest. I am a sinologist, symbolist, and art historian, and as a result, thought I would quickly page through this tome pages of tiny paperback print looking for references of the Greek artists and artisans from Alexande Robin Lane Fox’s Alexander the Great has inspired me to compile my own suggested list of “Best History Books” because that is the best verdict I can give of this work.
I am a sinologist, symbolist, and art historian, and as a result, thought I would quickly page through this tome pages of tiny paperback print looking for references of the Greek artists and artisans from Alexander’s time whose descendants are credited with having influenced early Buddhist Gandharan iconography.
What I found was a story so rich, so well told, so well researched with the sharpest of eyes and common sense that questioned tradition, that I was hooked from the first chapter.
I would assume that anyone reading this review also loves history and probably already knows the story of Alexander the Great, but if you haven’t read this history, you aren’t finished. Fox has constructed his life of Alexander from all the known sources, but questions each so thoroughly, asking whether it sounds reasonable or not, could there have been motivating factors that would have caused this interpretation of this event, and who was the author, and then unlike many othersexplaining his personal interpretation based on the context, historical facts, motivational factors, etc.
This is, as the dust jacket tells us, “a magnificent, compelling epic”. The author’s “vast erudition I read late into the night for several days almost unable to put this volume down until I needed a break from the sheer depth and weight of the text. I found my answer in the last chapter, which is the single best essay I have found to date of Alexander’s gift to the world–the liveliest political culture in the world: Greek culture, trade, language, art, upbringing, aspirations–“the embers of Hellenism”.
May 21, Andrew rated it liked it. Not your average biography. It’s easy to get lost in the multitude of names, ancient places, and the digressions of the author. Nonetheless, it’s worth the google searches and close reading to stick with this book. The author largely sticks to what is known of Alexander, and when there are competing sources, gives a detailed analysis and conclusion of what the most likely outcome was.
Helpfully, the author details Alexander’s fighting style, weapons, and army companies near the start. This backg Not your average biography.
Lane Fox, Robin. Alejandro Magno. Conquistador Del Mundo 
This background allowed a greater understanding of the maagno behind Alexander’s strategy. I doubt there’s a more detailed book on Alexander out there. If you can keep the names and places fpx, and not get lost in the digressions, this is the authoritative book on Alexander the Great. Although I had to slog through some portions, I’d recommend it to anyone interested in classical history, or curious about the man behind the legend. View all 3 comments.
Jan 20, Cliff Ward rated it it was amazing. Robin Lane Fox has the very rare talent of epic storyteller, yet combined with a lifetime of dedication to historical studies.
In the case of the subject of this book, Alexander the Great happens to be his most studied and focused area. The descriptions of Alexander’s early life, the political intrigues of the Macedonian court, his tutoring by Aristotle, and his fascination with Achilles and df stories of Homer all shine through. When we get into the ‘revenge’ that Macedons and Greeks need to pa Robin Lane Fox has mnudo very rare talent of epic storyteller, yet combined with a lifetime of dedication to historical studies.