The Campaigns of Alexander

The Campaigns of Alexander


Translator:
Revised by: J. R. Hamilton
Introduction by: J. R. Hamilton
Notes by: J. R. Hamilton

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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140442533
  • 432 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

‘His passion was for glory only, and in that he was insatiable’

Although written over four hundred years after Alexander’s death, Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander is the most reliable account of the man and his achievements we have. Arrian’s own experience as a military commander gave him unique insights into the life of the world’s greatest conqueror. He tells of Alexander’s violent suppression of the Theban rebellion, his total defeat of Persia, and his campaigns through Egypt, India and Babylon – establishing new cities and destroying others in his path. While Alexander emerges from this record as an unparalleled and charismatic leader, Arrian succeeds brilliantly in creating an objective and fully rounded portrait of a man of boundless ambition, who was exposed to the temptations of power and worshipped as a god in his own lifetime.

Aubrey de Sélincourt’s vivid translation is accompanied by J. R. Hamilton’s introduction, which discusses Arrian’s life and times, his synthesis of other classical sources and the composition of Alexander’s army. The edition also includes maps, a list for further reading and a detailed index.

 

The Campaigns of Alexander

The Campaigns of Alexander

Arrian, Translator: Aubrey De Selincourt, Revised by: J. R. Hamilton, Introduction by: J. R. Hamilton, Notes by: J. R. Hamilton

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