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Alexander the Great at War: His Army - His Battles - His Enemies
Alexander was arguably the greatest military commander ever. Upon the assassination of his father King Philip II of Macedon in the summer of 336 BC, he took over the reins of power of a now united Greece. Two years later he led his combined Macedonian and Greek army into Asia and began the greatest military conquest in world history. In eleven short years and an extraordin ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Osprey Publishing
(first published 2008)
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Not a bad book but it wasn't the easiest for me to get through. I can recommend it but not as a first book or introduction to Alexander and his campaigns. Probably better after you already have some background. My biggest complaint would be that I needed more maps and indications of where things were since most of the time it is throwing ancient place names at you without any real indication of where they are or their relation to each other. When it did give maps, I found it much easier to pictu ...more
This was rather unorganized and the ancient greek wasn't helping me much either.However,I felt overall it was quite a good chronology of Alexander's career.I liked that much of it was sourced by Arrian although Diodorus,Justin and Plutarch are used throughout as well as many other modern scholars.It seemed considerably detailed. Also included were many paintings and real photographs of locations,sculpture,coinage,vases and tomb findings.
This look at the age of Alexander the Great starts with a look at the three prominent states of the time: Greece, Persia and Macedon. The armies of the time are then examined, followed by a detailed look at Alexander’s campaigns throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Illustrations help tell the story. Good book!
Nov 13, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it · review of another edition
An excellent book detailing the military campaigns of Alexander the great. Lots of maps describing the campaigns and details of the various battles and sieges. Excellent photo's of ancient objects and sites and drawings showing what Alexander's troops and opponents would have looked like.