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  • Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: Film Tie-in with Oliver Stone's "ALEXANDER" Ed (29. März 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0141020768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141020761
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (12 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 72.793 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"A magnificent, compelling epic...He has honored him splendidly." —Sunday Telegraph



"Dramatic, rich in details about little things as well as great...filled with persistent probing into human psychology.... Throughout there is an air of excitement and tension." —The New York Times Book Review



"Fox writes on the heroic scale.... [He] has covered the ground with immense thoroughness." —The Economist

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Tough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in 323 BC aged thirty-two, his vast empire comprised more than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements were unparalleled - he had excelled as leader to his men, founded eighteen new cities and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East. The myth he created is as potent today as it was in the ancient world. Robin Lane Fox's superb account searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time. Combining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, it brings this colossal figure vividly to life.

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14 von 14 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von aengus dewar am 13. März 2000
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There is a truly vast quantity of books, articles, and texts available on Alexander, and I have read as many as possible. Without a shadow of doubt I can recommend Lane Fox's effort as the best I have yet encountered (for Alexander buffs I include in that list of inferiors Badian, Tarn, Wilcken, Schackermeyr, Green - both of them - Hammond, Dodge, Engels, Bosworth, Hamilton, and Griffith to name but a few). Robin Lane Fox is rightly sceptical of sentimentality when dealing with his subject. Nor does he come to Alexander with his mind already inflexible and set on the King's more cotroversial aspects - a practice deplorably monotonous within the field. On ethical issues he keeps in mind the moral tone of the day - a habit that many modern historians would do well to engage in. He is rigorous in the extreme in his use of sources; he is analytical without being academic to the point of tediousness; and he deals with Alexander as a broad and complex human being - that is to say that he deals with the Macedonian as a ruler, a general, a lover, a patron of the arts, a drinker, a hunter, a reader of literature, a quester after glory, a figure of charisma, and also as a man of complexity and failings. It is in this last respect, his varied view of the Alexander, that he succeeds the most, for many of his biographers tend to concentrate on one aspect to the detriment of all others and consequently fail to give a rounded picture of the King. Lane Fox realises that oversimplifying the personalities of long dead figures does more to cloud them than to clarify them. For this he is to be commended highly. His style is lucid and often pithy.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Mark Edward Bachmann am 11. März 2000
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This is an extraordinary history. Anyone expecting a conventional biography will be disappointed, since the biased and fragmentary nature of the primary sources makes modern biographical treatment for Alexander impossible, even more so than for other ancient heroes. However, one thing about the peripatetic conqueror that seems to be known with some certainty is the itinerary that defined his brief life. Starting from this, Mr. Lane Fox applies his own intimate knowledge of the middle and near-eastern landscape to create a book which, at its most basic, reads like a highly literate travelogue. This is all backdrop, though, for a kind of detective story as the author picks apart the tantalizing fragments of information and disinformation that, once boiled down, reveal for us Alexander's character. The bold military prodigy is clearly apparent here, but that's the standard textbook part of the story. Rounding out the picture, we see him as the cosmopolitan diplomat, beloved egalitarian leader-of-men, bisexual libertine, respectful supplicant to his gods, forgiving victor, gallant defender of women, ostentatious potentate, superstitious fool, charismatic orator, fearless in-the-trenches combat commander, wily tactician, boyish adventurer, child-like animal lover, sophisticated Greek intellectual, reckless gambler, visionary strategist, loyal and generous friend, bloody mass killer, and drunken lout. And the truly remarkable thing about the history is that all these persona somehow hang together, creating a believable portrait that makes it clear why Alexander has fascinated politicians, soldiers and scholars for twenty-three centuries. Stylistically, this book is dense and will deter casual readers.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Bill Castelli am 30. Dezember 1999
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As someone who reads few non-fiction books, particularly biography or history, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, since I wanted to learn more about Alexander, I thought this book appeared less intimidating than others. And what a great choice! An extremely enjoyable book that reads like a good novel, and, most importantly, you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy it.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 2. Juli 1998
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Probably the best recent biography of Alexander the Great. Literate, accurate and full of detail not found in other works on the great macedonian. Fox is quite careful and analytical when using the minimal ancient sources from which Alexander's life has been hodgepodged together. He shows great knowledge of the time, terrain and human psychology. A must for anyone interested in Alexander the Great and/or Ancient Greece.
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A marvellous biography of a fascinating man. Lane Fox was taught classics at Oxford by some of the century's heavyweights - George Forest, Andrews etc... and is himself a renowned teacher. His book is ten times better than the stilted prose of most modern academics. Homer's influence, his father's legacy, the campaigns, the famous Last Plans all covered. The final few pages show a feel for a subject very very rare in modern academia.
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Von Ein Kunde am 21. Juni 2000
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Robin Lane Fox's "non-academic" approach is commendable for being less intimidating than the more "traditionally" scholarly works that have rows of footnotes. Unfortunately, his writing style is much too chatty; by which I mean that he is easily distracted from his main discussion, and all too often includes unenlightening diversions that suck up whole paragraphs that leave me wondering what his point is.
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