By Carol G. Thomas
Alexander the good is without doubt one of the so much celebrated figures of antiquity. during this ebook, Carol G. Thomas areas this robust determine in the context of his time, position, tradition, and ancestry so as to become aware of what impacts formed his existence and career.
The e-book starts with an exploration of the Macedonia that conditioned the lives of its population. It additionally strains such impacts on Alexander's existence as his royal Argead ancestry, his father, Philip II, and his mom, Olympias. the writer examines Alexander's engagement with Greek tradition, specifically his dating with Aristotle, and contemplates how different societal elements - specifically the hugely militarized Macedonian state and the character of Macedonia's dating with neighboring states - contributed to his achievement.
What used to be the importance of those impacts at the guy who succeeded in conquering many of the identified global from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River? the writer specializes in this question in exploring historic landscapes and resurrecting key figures from antiquity in an effort to penetrate the inducement, targets, and internal being of Alexander the nice.
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Extra resources for Alexander the Great in His World (Blackwell Ancient Lives)
While asserting Macedonian control of Media, he learned that Dareios had passed through the Caspian Gates en route to the eastern regions of the Persian Empire. When the Macedonians reached the south Caspian region, they discovered that Dareios had been killed by those traveling with the former Persian king. Alexander pressed eastward in the summer of 330, in pursuit of new claimants to the kingship and, presumably, to conquer the remaining territories of the empire. The first goal proved more elusive than the second.
He is credited with strengthening the core of the kingdom by the construction of border forts to guard the kingdom’s integrity, and of roads linking parts of the territory with one another. Archelaos may also have been responsible for establishing a city at the gates of the Axios river; atop a steep hill on the opposite banks stood a watch tower within an extensive circuit wall. Another major contribution was the cultivation of Hellenic culture in the Macedonian capital. Just TAG02 7/8/06 11:03 AM 40 Page 40 Being Macedonian as Alexander I had entertained the Greek lyric poets Pindar and Bakkylides, and Perdikkas II had received visits from Hippokrates and the poet Melanippides, so too reputed visitors at the time of Archelaos included the Athenian poets Euripides and Agathon, the painter Zeuxis, and the musician/lyric poet Timotheos.
The new order had barely begun when Philip was assassinated in 336. It is a validation of Philip’s planning that his son and successor, Alexander III, was able to reaffirm his father’s arrangements during the first two years of his kingship. Revolts erupted – from Illyria, where Alexander led the Macedonian army in 335, and from Greece, centered on Thebes. The new king dealt with both, quickly TAG02 7/8/06 11:03 AM 46 Page 46 Being Macedonian and effectively: Thebes was destroyed. The kingdom of Macedonia was under control and its northern borders had been secured when he began the campaign against Persia in 334.
Alexander the Great in His World (Blackwell Ancient Lives) by Carol G. Thomas