Landmark Arrian : The Campaigns of Alexander

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-02
  • Publisher: Pantheon
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The Landmark Arrian is an important new edition of The Campaigns of Alexander, the most authoritative ancient account of one of the world’s most brilliant military leaders.

During twelve years of continuous campaigns, Alexander conquered an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the edge of modern India. Arrian’s history of those conquests, the most reliable and detailed account to emerge from the ancient world, is a work that will fascinate readers interested in classical studies, the history of warfare, and the origins of East-West tensions that still simmer today in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Drawing on Ptolemy’s memoirs and other sources that have not survived antiquity, Arrian’s portrait of Alexander is unmatched for its accuracy and immediacy. Having served as a high Roman official with command of an army, Arrian had a unique perspective on Alexander, imbued with a level of understanding that only firsthand military experience can provide.

In the richly illustrated and annotated style of the Landmark series, The Campaigns of Alexander, which features an engaging and eloquent new translation by Pamela Mensch, brings together some of the preeminent classics scholars at work today to create what is certain to be the definitive edition of this essential work of history.

"Skillfully edited by James Romm... and supplemented with a panoply of maps, illustrations and background essays by leading Alexander scholars...the most thrilling volume in this fine series." -Steve Coates, The New York Times Book Review

"The battle maps are the best in the entire series... Pamela Mensch's new translation is both literal and fast-paced... An ideal introductory text to the career of Alexander." -Victor Davis Hanson, New Criterion

""There are hundreds of maps telling stories all their own ... Alexander's conquests stretched across the known world - this is the first edition of Arrian to show that world in all its vastness." -Steve Donoghue, The National

"If, like me, you have never read more than an excerpt or two from Arrian's 'The Campaigns of Alexander,' you really should read this book." -N.S. Gill, About.com

"Sumptuously annotated and lavishly illustrated...Arrian is by far our best and most reliable source for the events he describes." -Tom Holland, The Wall Street Journal

Author Biography

ROBERT B. STRASSLER is an unaffiliated scholar who holds an honorary Doctorate of Humanities and Letters from Bard College and is chairman of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
JAMES ROMM is James H. Ottaway Jr. Associate Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include The Life of Alexander the Great and The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought.

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The Campaigns of Alexander June 26, 2011
The Landmark Arrian is an important new edition of The Campaigns of Alexander, the most authoritative ancient account of one of the world’s most brilliant military leaders. With respect to this particular edition of Arrian's account, the translation was new and extremely easy to read. I had glanced through this textbook and became intrigued with the extensive maps and notes regarding an area of the world I was unfamiliar with. It is an educational tour de force. I recommend it to anyone interested in classical history, military history, and all who relish a superb work of translation and editing. This is great for a deep reading of the text but not for a casual read.
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