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In the Footsteps of Alexander The Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia (edition 2001)

by Michael Wood

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Title:In the Footsteps of Alexander The Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia
Authors:Michael Wood
Info:University of California Press (2001), Paperback
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This book is interesting, but I already know much of the stuff they're talking about from studying Alexander. I think it'd be very, very interesting for someone who doesn't know as much about Alexander as I do, but for me, it got kind of boring. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
interesting account of a journey through turkey, iran, iraq afghanistan and pakistan following the route of alexander the great. As always Wood's command of the sources is impeccable but what truly adds value is his accounts of the impact on Alexander's campaign on folk memory, despite the lack of hard evidence on the ground, and his ability to relate the sources to the geography he sees in front of him, for example to relate his experience climbing the khawak pass and its impact on the logistics of the macedonian army.

a book that leaves you asking questions and wanting to learn more ( )
  moncur_d | Apr 26, 2011 |
This companion book to a television documentary examines Alexander the Great's conquest of Asia by retracing his path from Greece to India. Centuries later, the author and his travel companions find traces of Alexander and Greek civilization in the remnants of ancient cities and monuments and in the legends that survive in the memories of local cultures. Wood's first-hand experience of the geography and climate faced by Alexander and his army leads him to draw conclusions about questions that have puzzled scholars. I was a little annoyed that some of the places mentioned in the text don't appear on the maps that accompany each chapter. The number of punctuation and grammar errors that slipped past the proofreaders suggest that the publication might have been rushed to meet the documentary's broadcast schedule. Even so, this is a nice overview of Alexander's conquest for non-specialists. ( )
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Intrepid explorer in search of the past, British journalist Michael Wood follows the path of Alexander the Great and his army from Macedonia to the Himalayas and beyond in the fourth century B.C. Always one for adventures to match those of his heroes, Wood takes his readers over harsh deserts and snow-clogged passes, stopping off at interesting places along the way: a Zoroastrian temple in Iran, for instance, where we learn that Alexander is regarded as a devil and called Iskander Gujaste, Alexander the Accursed. Devil or no, Wood allows us to appreciate Alexander for the daring of his enterprise: his conquest of southwestern Asia occupied 22,000 miles and two decades.

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"Using Greek and Roman historians as his guides, Michael Wood follows Alexander's journey in search of the truth behind the legends, folk tales, and religious texts that depict him as both a brilliant visionary and a ruthless conqueror. He travels on foot and by camel, boat, pack horse and jeep, across the deserts, rivers, and mountain ranges of Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iran, and war-torn Afghanistan. Before embarking on the grueling return to Babylon, Wood treks through the North-West Frontier into Pakistan and India to the scene of Alexander's last great battle. Throughout the journey, he re-creates the drama of Alexander's epic marches and bloody battles, interweaving the momentous events of the past with current affairs. As he follows in the footsteps of the conqueror, Wood discovers that the legendary, enigmatic figure of Alexander the Great still towers in the twentieth-century imagination."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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