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The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian

The Campaigns of Alexander

by Arrian, Arrian (Author), Aubrey de Selincourt (Translator), Aubrey de Selincourt (Translator)

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This is the most detailed life of Alexander written by someone with access to the records of his time, which was probably around 150CE. Also it's got lots of battles, and keeps track of some of the changes in the staff and army of the conqueror. If you can only read one, read this one.
The translation is well written in the 1971 edition, which is the one I've got. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 5, 2014 |
So let me start with saying that Alexander THE GREAT is truly deserving of “Great”. From stat to finish I was enthralled (there are parts, not so much but very few). The shear scale of battle the audacity and arrogance of the man made him one of the first greats. I mean hell he conquered the known world before he was thirty and then died before he was forty. Here it is over 2500 years later and this man is still considered to be and labeled as "THE GREAT" An excellent book if your a history nerd (like myself) an even more outstanding piece of classical ligature about one of the world first superpower leaders ( )
  a1abwriter | Sep 25, 2012 |
[Aubrey De Selilncourt], tr.; [J.R. Hamilton], ed. ( )
  rolandperkins | Sep 9, 2009 |
although written 400 years after his death, this is considered the best account of Alexander's life and history
  bhowell | Jun 3, 2007 |
De Selincourt's translation is over forty years old now, but still remains my preferred version of Arrian; his rendering provides a lot of the elasticity and fluency which Arrian's original didn't have because of his choice of prose style. It's a nice compromise which adds to the accessibility of the work. What didn't, and what is nearly always my quibble with Penguin editions of the Classics, is the complete dearth of any useful maps. I was surprised that the one in this even managed to show Issus, it was that basic. ( )
  siriaeve | Feb 11, 2007 |
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Arrianprimary authorall editionscalculated
ArrianAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Selincourt, Aubrey deTranslatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Selincourt, Aubrey deTranslatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Selincourt, Aubrey deTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Selincourt, AubreyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Selincourt, AubreyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, J. R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lagerström, IngemarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is said that Philip died when Pythodemus was archon at Athens, and that his son Alexander, being then about twenty years of age, marched into the Peloponnesus as soon as he had secured the regal power.
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Arrian's history of Alexander the Great is our most complete and reliable account of the world's greatest conqueror. Writing in the Roman Empire during the 2nd century AD, Arrian was a Greek historian, philosopher, and military commander. For this work, also known as “The Anabasis of Alexander”, he had access to many sources which are now sadly lost. Thankfully for us, he cites them by name, weighs their truthfulness and motives, and records what he believes to be the most probable story of Alexander's intentions and deeds. The result is a brilliant description of the young Macedonian prince, and of how he conquered most of the known world in just ten years.
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