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Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire | [The Great Courses]

Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.
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Alexander the Great - one of the most renowned figures in antiquity - has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary?

Go beyond the myth and learn about the man who changed the face of the ancient world and laid the foundation for the great traditions of the Roman Empire - all in fewer than 12 years. These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

Through this detailed portrait, you'll go beyond the legends and the myths to truly understand what made Alexander great. Along the way, several Alexanders emerge: the military general, Macedonian king, Persian emperor, Egyptian pharaoh, and leader of the Hellenic League. You learn about the many aspects of this extraordinary individual - his passions, extraordinary talents, and the training that helped mold his character. You'll learn how battles were fought and won in the ancient world and examine Alexander's great martial achievements within this larger military history. You'll also head onto the battlefield to analyze some of Alexander's greatest triumphs, including the Battle of the Granicus River and the Battle of the Hydaspes River.

Alexander's empire did not survive beyond his lifetime, but his legacy has cast a long shadow on the history of the West. Join Professor Harl for this journey into the world of Alexander and see how the Western world - and, indeed, our world - still bear the marks of this legendary conqueror.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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    Carlos Avalos Buenos Aires, Argentina 07-28-13
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    Would you listen to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire again? Why?

    A great story about one of the most amazing personalities ever.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexander comes across as one of a kind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Professor Harl depicts battles and sieges with pasion and precision.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 11-27-13
    Saud 11-27-13

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Alexander, the Man and the Legend"

    Audiobooks focusing on one individual usually don't excite me, but this academic journey shows us Alexander as an extraordinary human being in extraordinary circumstances. Not a legend. Not godlike.

    That doesn't mean his story is any less exciting up close. Worth the buy. I give it 4 stars in Story because the professor takes so long explaining the world and Macedonia before Alexander's birth to set the stage.

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    Juliana 07-26-15
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    "Wonderful!!"

    Professor Harl really brings the story to life. His enthusiasm and wide knowledge for the topic is evident. An extremely well presented series whose worst aspect was that it had to eventually come to an end. I now have all of Prof Harl's lecture series on my wish list and am working through them.

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    Samuel 07-21-15
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    It was interesting to walk through how the greek city states came together under Macedon in order to respond to the super power of its age. Alexander truly was a remarkable individual and definitely set the tone for generations that would come after him.

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    chris Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-21-15
    chris Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-21-15
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    "Wow! The Best History Course I've Listened To"

    The professor that presents this course kept me entertained for 36 lectures. I've listened to a few other courses. Some were good and a couple were bad, this is the best.

    It felt like the professor was going to jump out of my phone. He knew his information and loved presenting it. The whole course is in chronological order which I love. I highly recommend it if you want to learn everything about Alexander the Great!

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    Chris C. 05-26-15
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    This was my favorite course by this author so far. He focused more on a narrative than in his course on the Vikings.

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    Robert A Monger 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    This has been my favorite course by Professor Harl. They are all interesting but this one is particularly good.

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    The lecturer is very interesting, and often speaks with such enthusiasm that you would think the events he speaks of unfold before him right then.

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    "Very interesting!"

    Did not realize this was a college course, but was very entertained and find myself much more informed than before. Well worth the listen for anyone wanting to gain in understanding of Alexander the great.

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    tamim 03-25-15
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    "All I wanted to know, and then some!"

    its not just history and narration of Alexander's life. its a full discussion of the effects of Alexander in history, philosophy, religion, military, politics, and art that is still affecting our world today.

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