He was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. He was unquestionably one of the most brilliant and commanding generals of all time. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellenism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development.
Agnes Savill gives us a vivid account of the life, personality, failures, and accomplishments of one of history's largest characters.
(P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Nadia May's voice is...delightfully clear and forceful, and her reading is judiciously paced....Both Savill and this production make a pleasure of audio history." (AudioFile)
Agnes Savill's account of Alexander's life is dismissive of the many criticisms of Alexander although she usually does not even spell out those criticisms. For example when Alexander kills his foster brother Cleitas for his criticism.
She also defers to various contemporary (but unknown) military figures to validate the military achivements without giving a clear idea of what the achievement.
During the explanations of various battles I found myself drifting off and not getting any idea of what Alexander was doing that was so different.
Well enough read and no story of Alexander's life can be all dull.
This is an incredibly detailed account of Alexander's life. And since he spent his most important years on an eleven year journey, the book for the most part contains minute detail of every battle. But, it should be pointed out, that as the author complains of other authors writing on the same subject, that they betray their own prejudices, she too (without the remotest irony) does the same. She treats Hephastion as if he were just Alexander's confidant, which is bit like talking about Juliet being Romeo's chum. Alexander's great hero was Achilles who also had a male lover in Patrocholus. This is also cursorily dismissed. While the purely, Political marriage of Alexander to Roxanne is deemed the great love of his heterosexual life. It has been said of Alexander, that the only battle he ever lost was to Hephastion's thighs. Maybe the author should pick up a copy of Mary Renault's THE PERSIAN BOY and read another perspective. She also betrays her religious views by insisting on the importance of religion in leading a good life. She spins his story into a romance that would suit her prejudices. Otherwise, a fascinating tale...
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