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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

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    Carlos Avalos Buenos Aires, Argentina 07-28-13
    Carlos Avalos Buenos Aires, Argentina 07-28-13 Member Since 2013
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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 United States 11-27-13
    Saud United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2007

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Pendragon 05-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire?

    I found the lectures to stray from the topic, and didn't illuminate the significance of the dates and events that were mentioned. My view is that the lectures by Dr. Harl were quite dull despite the potential that this topic (Alexander) holds. Dr. Harl clearly knows his dates and details well, but I don't think he puts everything into perspective by identifying the significance of the details, some of which were frequently unrelated to the topic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Kenneth W. Harl’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Woodstock, GA, USA 03-03-14
    Robert Woodstock, GA, USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    If you could sum up Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging and detailed history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire?

    When Alexander demonstrated true leadership while dying of thirst during the Gedrosian desert crossing when he dumped the helmet of water on the ground. He won't drink until his army drinks. There's very little "Leadership by example" in today's world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Detailed accounts of the many battles.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting. I looked forward to my commute to work.


    Any additional comments?

    Professor Harl is a really good speaker. I liked his personality and how he brought Alexander and the ancient world to life. It greatly demystified how things were and at the same how advanced ancient civilization was.

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