Alexander of Macedon, 356 - 323 B.C.

By: University of California Press

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Historical & Reference Books (University of California Press)


Product Info

Title
Alexander of Macedon, 356 - 323 B.C.
Category
Author
Peter Green
Publish Year
1991
Pages
618
Dimensions
5.5x8x1.25"
NKG Part #
2147995532
Type
Softcover

Description

This biography begins not with one of the universally known incidents of Alexander's life, but with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire was the first on the continent of Europe to have an effectively centralized government and military. What Philip and Macedonia had to offer, Alexander made his own, but Philip and Macedonia also made Alexander form an important context for understanding Alexander himself. Yet his origins and training do not fully explain the man. After he was named hegemon of the Hellenic League, many philosophers came to congratulate Alexander, but one was conspicuous by his absence: Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay tub. Piqued and curious, Alexander himself visited the philosopher, who, when asked if there was anything Alexander could do for him, made the famous reply, "Don't stand between me and the sun." Alexander's courtiers jeered, but Alexander silenced them: "If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes." This remark was as unexpected in Alexander as it would be in a modern leader.

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