9780892367832

Alexander the Great : Son of the Gods

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  • ISBN13:

    9780892367832

  • ISBN10:

    0892367830

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Summary

In a year-by-year chronicle, this book presents an intimate and fascinating portrait of the man who created the greatest empire the world had ever seen. 120 color illustrations.

Author Biography


Alan Fildes is a historian of the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations with particular specialization in the career of Alexander the Great, the Old Kingdom and related pyramid sites, and hieroglyphs. He has lectured extensively, and his published work includes numerous articles and reviews in the Egyptology magazine Nile Offerings. He is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists, the Sudan Archaeological Research Society, and the Egypt Exploration Society. Joann Fletcher, Ph.D., is Honorary Research Fellow at York University and consultant Egyptologist at Harrogate Museums and Arts. Her research on Alexander the Great and his Egyptian successors has led her to investigate many of the Greek and Egyptian sites relating to Alexander and the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Among her publications are Ancient Egypt: Life, Myth and Art and Egypt's Sun King. She also contributes articles on archaeology to The Guardian newspaper and to the BBC History web site.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6(2)
Alexander's Journey 8(2)
CHAPTER ONE The Prince of Macedon: 359-335 BCE 10(24)
Kings of the Mountain Realm
12(2)
Weddings, Plots, and Princes
14(4)
FEATURE: Olympias, Daughter of Achilles
16(2)
"Macedonia is Too Small!"
18(6)
FEATURE: The Philosopher's Student
20(4)
Triumphs of the Young Regent
24(2)
The Fall of Athens
26(4)
FEATURE: An Army for the East
28(2)
Exile in Epirus
30(2)
Assassination in the Theater
32(2)
CHAPTER TWO Conqueror of the East: 335-331 BCE 34(28)
The Lord of All Greece
36(6)
FEATURE: The Great Kings of Persia
40(2)
The Invasion of Asia
42(4)
Victory at Issus
46(4)
The Siege of the Island City
50(2)
Hail to the Pharaoh
52(4)
Oracle in the Desert
56(6)
FEATURE: Cities of Alexander
60(2)
CHAPTER THREE The Great King: 331-327BCE 62(38)
Darius Flees East
64(2)
The Palace of Nebuchadnezzar
66(4)
Ambush at the Gates of Persia
70(8)
FEATURE: Persepolis: Heart of an Empire
72(6)
A Dynasty Falls
78(2)
Shah of Shahs
80(6)
FEATURE: Robes, Crowns, and Perfumes
82(4)
The Betrayal of Philotas
86(2)
The Land of Prometheus
88(2)
The Despot of Samarkand
90(4)
FEATURE: Iskander the Accursed
92(2)
Roxane the Fair
94(4)
FEATURE: Intimate Companions
96(2)
The Pages' Conspiracy
98(2)
CHAPTER FOUR To the Endless Ocean: 327-326 BCE 100(34)
The Lost Valley of the God
102(2)
The Rock of Heracles
104(6)
FEATURE: The Face of a Conqueror
106(4)
Crossing the Indus
110(2)
The Battle of the Elephants
112(4)
FEATURE: Life on the March
114(2)
The Death of Bucephalas
116(2)
A Time of Heat and Rain
118(6)
FEATURE: Of Banyans and Brahmins
120(4)
In the Shadow of the Himalaya
124(4)
To the Ends of the Earth
128(2)
The Final Frontier
130(4)
CHAPTER FIVE Return to Babylon: 326-323 BCE 134(32)
Altars of the Giants
136(2)
Voyage to the Southern Ocean
138(4)
Heat and Dust
142(4)
A 'Time of Weddings
146(2)
A Lover's Loss
148(2)
The Death of the God
150(4)
The Struggle for Succession
154(4)
The Lost Tomb
158(8)
FEATURE: The Legacy of Alexander
160(6)
Alexander's People 166(2)
Glossary 168(1)
Further Reading 169(1)
Index 170(6)
Acknowledgments 176

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