Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth by Norman F. Cantor

By Norman F. Cantor

"Alexander's habit was once conditioned alongside yes lines—heroism, braveness, power, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

during this succinct portrait of Alexander the nice, wonderful student and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public lifestyles and army conquests of this such a lot mythical of guys. Cantor attracts from the foremost writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the latest mental and cultural reviews to teach Alexander as he was—a nice determine within the historical international whose difficult character tremendously fueled his army accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous dating along with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement along with his mom, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He strains Alexander's makes an attempt to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, utilizing Achilles, hero of the Trojan struggle, as his version. eventually, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself with regards to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

greater than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a mental rendering of a guy of his time.

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1: monumentum regni sui nominisque relinqueret). 33 It is surely no coincidence that early Rome’s development into a polis-type community reached a peak during Superbus’ reign. Some scholars attribute this feature of the tradition to annalistic invention on the basis of Greek models, but the archaeological record strongly supports the idea that Rome in the late sixth century was developing in this way. Later annalists did not invent all this. 26 Ancient Tyranny The fall of the monarchy, whether we interpret it as a revolution or as a palace coup, is entirely an aristocratic movement, stemming from the fears and ambitions of the nobility.

But, says Cicero: He did not put himself in the senate’s power (non commisit se patribus), but, after Tarquin’s burial, consulted the people with regard to his own power, and when they had bidden him to be king, Kingship and tyranny in archaic Rome 21 caused a curiate law to be passed confirming his royal authority (se ipse consuluit iussusque regnare). 38) So here, as a result of Servius’ demagogic measures, popular support helps him retain power in the face of a hostile Senate. 1). 1). He is a fondly remembered ruler, but an improperly elected king.

2). 1: monumentum regni sui nominisque relinqueret). 33 It is surely no coincidence that early Rome’s development into a polis-type community reached a peak during Superbus’ reign. Some scholars attribute this feature of the tradition to annalistic invention on the basis of Greek models, but the archaeological record strongly supports the idea that Rome in the late sixth century was developing in this way. Later annalists did not invent all this. 26 Ancient Tyranny The fall of the monarchy, whether we interpret it as a revolution or as a palace coup, is entirely an aristocratic movement, stemming from the fears and ambitions of the nobility.

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