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This is an auction for ALEXANDER THE CONQUEROR by Laura Foreman.

“Alexander the Great studied philosophy with Aristotle and became king when he was 20. He defeated the Persian empire five years later and, by the time of his death, at age 32, had explored and claimed 'the boundaries of the known world'. Perhaps history’s most powerful military leader, the Macedonian king receives more royal praise in this biography by Laura Foreman. Given that existing historical sources on Alexander come several hundred years after his death, and that there is 'poor evidence' documenting Alexander’s life, Foreman reasonably extrapolates from the available facts. She begins with the political upheaval and omens surrounding Alexander's birth, the rivalries and alliances within his family and his boyhood, during which he cultivated a love affair with Homer’s 'Iliad' as well as with the sword, javelin and bow. In his ensuing years, Alexander is portrayed as being prone to bouts of aloofness, drunkenness and murderous vengeance; at the same time, he displays more superhuman behaviour, manhandling the Oracle at Delphi and slashing the Gordian Knot ('What difference does it make how I loose it?'). Yet the bulk of the text is devoted to what the conqueror did best—conquering. Foreman’s well-written narrative follows Alexander’s trek through the Near East and Central Asia, giving the reader a play-by-play account of his battles, victories, strategies and military brilliance. Generously interspersed with impressive colour photos of maps, art and ancient artefacts, the book is a fun read."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format hardback 2003.

213 pages.

Beautifully illustrated throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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