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By Norman F. Cantor

"Alexander's habit used to be conditioned alongside sure strains -- heroism, braveness, energy, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the nice, exceptional student and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the private existence and armed forces conquests of this such a lot mythical of guys. Cantor attracts from the key writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the newest mental and cultural reviews to teach Alexander as he was once -- an exceptional determine within the historical global whose complicated character significantly fueled his army accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous courting 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 battle, as his version. ultimately, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself relating to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

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

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