Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated by Bill Yenne

By Bill Yenne

Invoice Yenne's "Alexander the good" is a part of the "The international Generals Series". Like different books within the sequence, Alexander the nice, is written in an easy, chronological demeanour. there's little hypothesis or conjecture by means of the writer. while, historic resources vary, Yenne says anything, Plutarch stated it happend "this method" yet Nicomedia acknowledged it occurred "this different way."

However, what inspired this reviewer used to be now not with how a lot historical assets differed, yet how comparable was once their telling of the tale. for example, all resources appear to agree as to the identify of Alexander's favourite horse, while entered Babylon, how a long way he marched his military etc.

In his telling of the tale of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions among Alexanders' state of affairs to occasions within the sleek period. those comparasions make the dry evidence (such because the order of conflict) develop into extra fascinating and proper.

To underscore releveance to the fashionable period, Yenne's Alexander the nice comes with a quick introdution through normal Wesley Clark. Clark wishes the reader to be see how Alexander used to be nice a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he was once in a position to learn "defenses." How, like an exceptional quaterback, he used to be capable of use intution to utilize a serious siutation.

However, as Yenne indicates us, Alexander the good was once even more than a "quaterback." not like many different old, or even smooth, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He was once additionally an comprehensive engineer; he capable of finding distinct technical ideas to hard tactical sitautions. He used to be additionally relatively a diplomat; he was once in a position to flip enemies into allies. extra, he used to be means prior to his time culturally. in contrast to different conquerors, he certainly favored customs no longer his personal. As Yenne indicates us, Alexander used to be "great" in lots of methods in addition to being an outstanding "quaterback."

Scholars may want extra aspect, yet as slightly below 2 hundred pages, Yenne's Alexander the nice, was once lengthy adequate to offer the reviewe a transparent realizing of 1 of the good personages of historical past, yet with no an excessive amount of over the top element or scholarly statement.

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Reportedly, Alexander stepped ashore on the Asian continent in full armor, ready to do battle, and threw his spear into the sand on the beach at Abydos. He offered sacrifices to the gods, asking that the lands he encountered would willingly accept him as their king. Traveling eastward from Abydos, into what is now Çanakkale Province of northwestern Turkey, Alexander’s army marched toward Dascylium, a city near present-day Ergili, which had been the site of important battles in earlier Greek forays into Asia Minor.

In August 338, the battle lines were drawn at Chaeronea in Boeotia, with Athens and Thebes joining forces against the Macedonian king and his Thessalian allies. Neither side wanted the other to be the power that defeated Philip, so they went in together. As Justinus writes, “The Thebans espoused their cause, fearing that if the Athenians were conquered, the war, like a fire in the neighborhood, would spread to them. ’” If Chaeronea was make or break time for Philip and Macedonia, it was the coming of age moment for young Alexander, who had just turned 18 and was about to be tested in his first major battle.

It was a typical case of initially submitting to strength, but rebelling against the first perceived sign of weakness. In August 338, the battle lines were drawn at Chaeronea in Boeotia, with Athens and Thebes joining forces against the Macedonian king and his Thessalian allies. Neither side wanted the other to be the power that defeated Philip, so they went in together. As Justinus writes, “The Thebans espoused their cause, fearing that if the Athenians were conquered, the war, like a fire in the neighborhood, would spread to them.

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