The Campaigns of Alexander
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I was vaguely aware that Arrian wrote some time after Alexander's death, but hadn't mentally placed it quite as late as the reign of the Emperor Hadrian - over four hundred years ...more
Arrien, un auteur de langue grec du premier siècle, est surtout connu pour son histoire d'Alexandre. Ce petit livre L'Ἰνδική contient un des épisodes de la conquête du Macédonien.
Arrivé sur les bords de l'Indus et ayant vaincu le roi Porrus, les soldats refusèrent de pousser plus avant. Peu après, une expédition fut entreprise par l'un de ses amiraux, Néarque, depuis les bouches de l'Indus (aujourd'hui Karachi au Pakistan) jusqu'au golfe persique. Avant d'atteindre le détroit d'Ormuz, il fallai ...more
This book, however, is a stunningly great read. Arrian, de Selincourt(the translator) and Hamilton (the editor) bring Alexander to life in a way that is readable and enjoyable. Of course, like all ancient documents, it should be read slowly and not be put off to the last minute, but it' ...more
His book on Alexander begins with his accession to the throne and ends with his death; the period in between is when he builds his empire and earns his legendary reputation. It's a military history, so it focuses mostly on military operations and tactics, ...more
I've never been too much into war themed literature, because... well, it's just not my thing. Yet somehow, despite the long descriptions of the armory and military technique, I overall really liked this. I think it's mainly because Arrianos is a really good writer, but also because he sprinkles his work with many anecdotes and stories about Alexander and other characters surrounding him. I've also appreciated the fact, that he tried his...more
The book reads very smoothly, I would imagine it would not be too difficult, for someone with a minimal grasp on the history, culture and religion of the time. The only time I occasionally got lost was with the names of cities, landmarks and minor governors, I would recommend having a map to refer to in order to pr ...more
There are two works to review here: Arrian's narrative and Hammond's translation. Both, within the confines of their commissions, are excellent. Arrian doesn't have the benefit of modern sc ...more
Arrian, who’s name may be familiar as the student of Epictetus who compiled the stoic’s teachings in The Discourses, provides a chronological history of Alexander’s conquests approximately 400 years after. With an engaging cadence, he carries the reader with him from Alexander’s rise to his death. Unquestionably, Arria ...more
I am a huge fan of the Landmark series, created by Robert B. Strassler. If you haven’t picked up a volume in the series, check out these sample pages from various parts of The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander. The introduction by Paul Cartledge provides an excellent introduction, especially with his focus on the sources. The appendices, many by editor James Romm, provide context for various aspects of Arrian’s work and Alexander’s time.
First, it was Greek. The impulse for writing this book assumes that the Romans valued the cultural heritage the Greeks had provided for them. That culture is ...more
These editions are perfect for someone like me with no background in ancient history because they have lots of maps, explanatory footnotes, and a bunch of appendices in the back that put things in context. They are probably the next best thing to having a history professor ...more
I'm very glad I read this but really see it as a stepping stone to any investigation of the life of Alexander. For wh ...more
This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers o ...more
The Anabasis of Alexande ...more