Alexander the Great is the most famous king and conqueror known in the ancient world. In his lifetime, he was given honors equal to those of the gods. After his death, he became a legend and the “Alexander Romance” became the best-selling fiction of the medieval world.
Esteemed Professor Robin Lane Fox has made the study of Alexander of Macedon the focus of his brilliant career. In these lectures, Professor Fox answers questions about Alexander that have percolated throughout history: Why did Alexander succeed? What was he like? How did he change the world and its history?
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This was an enjoyable and interesting way to learn about Alexander the Great. Mr. Fox's voice and his English accent made it a pleasant listening experience. In a reasonably short time I felt I learned a lot about Alexander and his times. The accompanying written material was also useful. Mr. Fox showed a great command of the subject and discussed some of the latest sources from recent discoveries. There was an entertaining variety of information. Fox was the historical director for Oliver Stone's movie and participated in some of the scenes. He told what it was like to be a member of a cavalry charge and provided a vivid description of what it was like to be charged by elephants. In his travels Mr. Fox stood at the door of the tomb of Darius I where Alexander stood thousands of years ago. I think only an expert in this field would not enjoy these lectures.
I thought these lectures were a pretty good introduction to Alexander. Robin Lane Fox's reading was engaging enough to make my daily commute and lunch time jogs more enjoyable. The production is alright as well.
This sounds more like a book reading than an actual course or lecture. The reading is not so captivating to fully digest the information that is being transmitted. I think this needs a do over.
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