ISBN 9781416592815,Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great


Simon & Schuster



Simon & Schuster

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9781416592815

ISBN-10 1416592814


Number of Pages 391 Pages
Language (English)

History & Politics

Although Alexander the Great is one of the most famous figures in history, there surprisingly few lively, accurate biographies of him. Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon) was one of history's great generals, a man studied by Caesar and Napoleon, among hundreds of others. He was born to the king of Macedon and educated by Aristotle, whose inquiring mind Alexander appreciated. After his father, Philip II, was assassinated, the 19-year-old Alexander succeeded to the throne and swiftly consolidated power. Over the next 13 years until his death at age 32, Alexander created one of the great empires of history, covering an area as far south as Egypt and as far east as Afghanistan and India. Most of the world that he conquered had been the province of the Persian empire. Upon his death his empire was broken up and ruled by his generals, the best known of whom were the Ptolemies, who ruled Egypt until Cleopatra was defeated by Caesar. Alexandria, Egypt and many other Alexandrias throughout that part of the world were named in his honor. About The Author Philip Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. The author of several previous books including Alexander the Great, St. Patrick of Ireland and Julius Caesar, he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa. Visit him at