Writing 450 years after Alexander's death, Arrian had the advantage of hindsight and the unique ability to sift through important historical material which is now lost. He was able to judge the motives of many of the detractors of Alexander and to set the record straight in many instances. Alexander's aims have always been a topic of intense debate and this history will tell you what this brilliant tactician was trying to accomplish and why. From his first encounter with the Persians at the Battle of the Granicus to his last battle on the banks of the Indus River, thrill to the extraordinary exploits of Alexander the Great as he turns the ancient world upside down. After his passing, nothing would ever again be the same....
Lucius Flavius Arrianus, or Arrian (circa A.D. 85 to 90 - circa 146) was born in Nicomedia, a Greek town which at the time was a part of the vast Roman Empire. It is fairly certain that Arrian's ancestors had been citizens for some time because his family was prominent, and he himself seems to have held an important priesthood as a young man. Arrian studied Stoic philosophy with the famous Epictetus and has left us an excellent book on the subject based on his notes. One of his fellow students was the future emperor, Hadrian, whose close friend he remained in later life. Arrian was a wealthy man with a great sense of responsibility. He put his considerable abilities to work on behalf of society and served with distinction as a senator and as a military commander. In fact, he was the first Greek ever to command Roman legions. He later served as governor of Cappadocia. In his spare moments, Arrian wrote many important books, of which his Anabasis of Alexander is by far the most popular.
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I overall liked this book but it is a bit to chew through. It has lots of names and facts in it and a overall good story (historical) guide line, but sometimes understanding what is going on is a bit hard.
It was written at least 1500 years ago so most of problems with the book itself is understandable as dramatic themes and verse is quite different today.
This book is not for the faint of heart when it comes to Alexander. A modern version would be about 1/3 of the lenght.
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I have to admit, I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it turned out to be but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It was well written, well done and I really enjoyed the narrator too.
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Arrian's writing is a great example of Roman prose and is well executed here.
The March of the Ten Thousand by Xenophon is similarly epic in scale and both read like scripts for massive action movies with heavy metal in the soundtrack and you know...flames and skulls on poles...... Skulls are cool.
His voice gave the book a strident tone and made it easy to picture the adventure as it unfolded.
Very we'll said and excellent review of Caesar's life. Very enjoyable. This is a book that will leave you wanting more (in a good way) when it finishes.
I love the history; the way it was & what it became...
Yes, well done!
F*cker, fighter & destroyer.
I like this kind of historical perspective.
Classical ancient history - gotta take it all with a grain of salt and be thankful that it came down to us. This particular text, which focuses on Alexander the Great, is an excellent resource if you want to understand one of the major pieces of evidence we have covering his campaigns. Get the "Landmark" history book (Robert Strassler) for Arian which covers the exact same text and includes all of the maps and pictures.
I enjoy anything about Alexander, and especially excellent books. This one falls into that category. The narrator Charlton Griffin did and excellent job with the interpretation. I also suggest Alexander by Harold Lamb, it is also narrated by Charlton Griffin. If you are into historical fiction I would also recommend The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, narrated by John Lee. I have all three in my library and have listened to them more than once. You will not be wasting your points on any of these books. However this one is a MUST.
Even though, I had studied Alexander the Great at school a long time ago, I refreshed my memory and also got new information from the book.
Uninspiring chronology of the events of Alexander's life. Straight recounting of events without bringing people, culture, or politics to life.
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