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With all the intensity, insight, and narrative drive that made The Spartans a hit with critics and readers, Paul Cartledge's Alexander the Great glowingly illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 BC), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order.
Cartledge, the distinguished scholar and historian long acknowledged as the leading international authority on ancient Sparta and Greece, brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, following ghe geaographical path of his victorious armies and charting the tremendous field of this warrior hero's influence.
Alexander's legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, and statesmen -- in his own lifetime and in ours; he has been seen as hero, holy man, Christian saint, a new Achilles, philosopher, scientist, prophet, and visionary. Cartledge brilliantly explains why and how Alexander is endlessly fascinating, with a view to a better understanding of such fundamental topics as charismatic leadership, imperialism, and Middle Eastern geopolitics.
PAUL CARTLEDGE is Professor of Greek History and Chairman of the Classics Faculty at Cambridge and has written many books, including The Spartans, published by Overlook, the subject of a PBS documentary series of the same name. He is also academic consultant to the BBC and PBS for the series The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.
A major film about Alexander the Great, directed by Oliver Stone, is in production -- it is the big fall movie for 2004.
Alexander the Great has been chosen as a Main Selection by History Book Club and Discovery Channel Book Club and as an Alternate Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club.
Paul Cartledge is academic consultant on the forthcoming Discovery Channel documentary "Becoming Alexander," featuring actor Colin Farrell, who is playing Alexander the Great for Oliver Stone.