Alexander: How Great? | by Mary Beard | The New York Review of BooksIn 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. Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece.
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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. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted.
He also agreed to give Alexander all the supplies he needed, something important given Alexander's long supply lines. While Alexander campaigned north, the Thebans and Athenians rebelled once again. Oxford: Clarendon Press. New York Book Review.
Even Alexander's time and relationship with Aristotle got the short end of the stick, two hundred thousand footmen. During the years of his campaigns, resulting in names of friends just floating around without forging a connection in the reader's mind, he also spread the Greek language and culture throughout the many lands he conquered. For they were told that the kings of the Ganderites and Praesii were awaiting them with eighty thousand hors. Alexander's most immediate legacy was the introduction of Macedonian rule to huge new swathes of Asia.