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Alexander the Great
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am 13. März 2000
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. If at times you are lulled into thinking that you are reading a novel, don't be fooled; you are constantly bombarded with scrupulously researched information that is presented in the most easy going style. He gives excellent notes and a comprehensive bibliography at the back of the book for those who are interested in the finer details of source and analysis - some 60 pages of miniscule print. I gather that some have labelled this a 'boy's own account' of the ruler. That is quite simply not the case. It is far more competent AND FACTUALLY CORRECT than most of the more academic texts currently available. If you haven't read this one you simply don't know Alexander. P.S. - If you are coming to Alexander on foot of seeing or reading the recent Michael Woods effort (In the footsteps of A the G), disregard everything you heard. The BBC series was shallow, journalistic in the worst possible way, and on more occasions than one would like to believe was factually incorrect. Fox is by far the better historian. I reiterate, this is a must.
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am 11. März 2000
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. However, some patience through the early pages gives enough time to get into the exotic poetry of place names and the flow of the story. The turgid logic of the character study takes over from there, and the case unfolds majestically. This is a brilliant historian at work and I highly recommend the book.
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am 30. Dezember 1999
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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am 2. Juli 1998
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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am 13. Juni 1998
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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am 21. Juni 2000
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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am 9. November 1999
Well researched, very readable and fascinating - the absolute best on Alexander that I've ever read. I can't recommend this book enough!
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am 10. September 2013
der Autor glänzt sicher zu Recht mit vielen Details, machmal von Alexander, manchmal von ganz anderen Personen, die er gerne in den direkten Kontext stellt. Für mich ist es recht schwer, einen roten Faden und ein grundlegendes Verständidnis der Zeit zu kriegen, zu sehr bin ich von den Details erschlagen. schade eigentlich
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am 27. September 2014
Das Buch ist noch nicht gekommen. Ich bin im Ausland von 30 Sept bis 22Oktober, es ist unmöglich eine Meinung zu haben
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Dass buch ist interesant und hat ein sehr Gutes analyse über Alexander der Grosse und seine Leben und seiner Zeit.
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