The Campaigns of Alexander
by Arrian, J. Hamilton, Aubrey De Selincourt
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The most important historical source on one of the most powerful rulers of the ancient world, Arrien Alexander’s Campaigns illustrates how Alexander the Great came to rule over a vast empire of his own making, translated from the Greej by Aubrey de Selincourt, and revised with an introduction and notes by JRHamilton (Penguin ClassicsAlthough written more than four hundred years after Alexander’s death, Arrien within the framework of Alexander’s Campaigns is the most reliable account of mankind and his achievements we have been able to find.Arriving own experience as a military commander gave him a unique insight into the life of the world’s greatest conqueror.He tells Alexander’s violent repression of the Rebellion Thebanism, his total defeat of Persia and its countryside through Egypt, India and Babylon – establishing new cities and destroying others on his way.If Alexander emerges from this recording as an equal and charismatic leader, Arrien succeeds brilliantly in creating an objective and rounded portrait of a man of boundless ambition, who was exposed to the temptation of power and was worshipped as a god in his own lifetimeAubrey de Selincourt’s vividly translated is accompanied by JRHamilton’s introduction, which deals with Arrien’s life and at the same time, of his synthesis of other classical sources and the composition of Alexander’s army aThis edition also contains appendices, maps, a list of additional reading materials and a detailed index.The details of Arrien’s life of b86) are uncertain, although the form indicates a broad man and varied talents.He was governor of Emperor Hadrian, author of a number of non-fiction works and an Athenian citizen.In 145, he increased to become a chief magistrate of Athens and therefore the city’s board of directors.His date of death is not knownIf you liked Alexander’s Campaigns, you could, like Thucydides from the Peloponnese War, also be available in Penguin Classics.
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