Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past (Paperback)
Paul Cartledge, one of the world's foremost scholars of ancient Greece, illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 BC), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order.
Alexander's legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, statesmen, adventurers, authors, and filmmakers. Cartledge brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, cutting through the myths to show why he was such a great leader. He explores our endless fascination with Alexander and gives us insight into his charismatic leadership, his capacity for brutality, and his sophisticated grasp of international politics. Alexander the Great is an engaging portrait of a fascinating man, and a welcome balance to the myths, legends, and often skewed history that have obscured the real Alexander.
About the Author
Paul Cartledge is Reader in Greek History, University of Cambridge. He is the coauthor, with A.J.S. Spawforth, of "Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities" (1989) and "The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others" (revised edition, 1997). Peter Garnsey is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge. His works include "Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World: Responses to Risk and Crisis" (1988) and "Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustine" (1996). Erich Gruen is Professor of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include "The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome" (California, 1984), and "Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of Jewish Tradition" (California).
“May be the most accessible introduction in print.... An amazingly solid, balanced, and evocative view of the man.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“Readable and engrossing.... Immediate, discursive, insightful, and highly engaging.” –Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Incisive and judicious.... What Cartledge does so well is explain the ancient world of Greeks and Persians.”
–The Sunday Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer