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The Greek Alexander Romance

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Mystery surrounds the parentage of Alexander, the prince born to Queen Olympias. Is his father Philip, King of Macedonia, or Nectanebo, the mysterious sorcerer who seduced the queen by trickery? One thing is certain: the boy is destined to conquer the known world. He grows up to fulfil this prophecy, building a mighty empire that spans from Greece and Italy to Africa and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 25th 1991 by Penguin Classics
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Robert
Dec 01, 2010 Robert rated it liked it
Recommends it for: appreciators of silliness.
This Romance started off as a pretty straight historical document about the life and deeds of Alexander the Great, written shortly after his death.

It didn't stay that way long; as the story diffused through the known world it soon began to pick up more fantastical elements - then more - and more. Different versions are found in different regions (see the Introduction to this edition for a readable overview of these matters) with different elements included and excluded. The tone varies accordin
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Evan Leach
The Alexander Romance is a fascinating, bizarre little book. History buffs will be familiar with the many accomplishments of Alexander the Great, who led his Macedonian army on an astonishing campaign of conquest across Asia and into India, toppling the Persian empire in the process. These are the kinds of feats that make a man into a near-legend in his own time. Apparently, by the third century AD, this transformation from man into myth was complete.

The Romance was written around the year 250 o
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Eadweard
Apr 04, 2016 Eadweard rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-read, greek
Taking rides on birds, diving in the sea, weird / mythological creatures, wacky geography, the last egyptian king for a father... what a MESS, but, it was fun to read.
Rick Davis
Apr 04, 2015 Rick Davis rated it really liked it
Whether you like this book or not will largely depend on what you're looking for in a story. First of all, this is not a coherent work by one writer. The Greek Alexander Romance is a collection of myths and legends that sprang up around the person of Alexander the Great in the centuries following his death. While there are a couple of scraps of history in it, they are completely out of chronological order and usually wildly inaccurate. The reason to read this is for the amalgam of Egyptian, ...more
Sascha
Mar 06, 2012 Sascha rated it liked it
Most of this is historically inaccurate, but it's one of about half a dozen ancient texts left concerning Alexander the Great, and truth be told, it's probably the most entertaining. It's fun, it's ridiculous, but it also features some of the historical events of the other accounts, which are more or less regarded as historically accurate. A nice twist on the Alexander legend; a fun read! It's quite short as well, so it's nice to just quickly zoom through.
Aisha
Oct 11, 2013 Aisha rated it it was amazing
I couldn't leave this book. O my Alexander ..
Cassandra Sabako
Apr 07, 2013 Cassandra Sabako rated it liked it
As fantastical as Jason and the Argonauts but lacking the educated witticism that is characteristic of other literature in the Classical era. However, the authors do try and there are several amusing anecdotes (naked philosophers!). All in all, an enjoyable read.
Elena
I like that it sort of dissolves into myth as Alexander moves further east. The creatures he meets are so gorgeously wierd. The best ancient fantasy novel I've ever read...
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