The Lost Book of Alexander the Great

  • Title: The Lost Book of Alexander the Great
  • Author: AndrewYoung
  • ISBN: 9781594161971
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Lost Book of Alexander the Great A Reconstruction of Ptolemy I s History of Alexander s Conquests a Primary Source Cited in Later Books That Disappeared More Than One Thousand Years Ago Alexander the Great is well known as one of th
    A Reconstruction of Ptolemy I s History of Alexander s Conquests, a Primary Source Cited in Later Books That Disappeared More Than One Thousand Years Ago Alexander the Great is well known as one of the first great empire builders of the ancient world Among those fellow Macedonian officers who accompanied Alexander in his epic conquests from Greece to India was Ptolemy LagA Reconstruction of Ptolemy I s History of Alexander s Conquests, a Primary Source Cited in Later Books That Disappeared More Than One Thousand Years Ago Alexander the Great is well known as one of the first great empire builders of the ancient world Among those fellow Macedonian officers who accompanied Alexander in his epic conquests from Greece to India was Ptolemy Lagides Ptolemy served alongside Alexander from the Persian defeat at the Battle of Issus in modern day Turkey and the journey to find the oracle that proclaimed Alexander to be Zeus incarnate, to the Battle of the Hydaspes River in 326 BC that opened India to the West Following Alexander s death, Ptolemy gained control of Egypt where he founded the dynasty in his name, created the great library of Alexandria, and was patron of the mathematician Euclid Sometime during his rule in Egypt, Ptolemy wrote a history of Alexander s conquests Although it is probable that Ptolemy enhanced his own importance, sources indicate that it was regarded as an accurate and even handed account of the campaigns of Alexander However, Ptolemy s book was lost perhaps with the destruction of the library he founded and not even an original fragment has survived His book, however, was acknowledged as a primary source of information for later Roman historians In The Lost Book of Alexander the Great, Andrew Young explores the world of ancient writings about the Macedonian leader in order to determine whether any of Ptolemy s writings can be recovered Inspired by Stephen Greenblatt s distinguished biography of Shakespeare, Will in the World, and written for the general reader, the author uses literary forensics to suggest which parts of later books about Alexander the Great, most notably the account by Arrian of Nicomedia, might be the words of Ptolemy In addition to separating later Roman sensibilities from the original Greek of Ptolemy, the author re creates the famous library of Alexandria, and takes the reader along on Alexander s conquests as closely as we can to how Ptolemy may have recounted them.

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    1. Excellent! The Lost Book of Alexander the Great is exciting and profoundly interesting. THIS is how history should be written and taught. I didn't know much about Alexander the Great before reading this, but now I see what an intriguing person he was. What I find particularly interesting about this book is how the author presents history in a subjective light. The Romans’ view of Alexander differs from the Greeks’ perspective. Since most readers are only familiar with the Roman point-of-view [...]

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    2. Bob and I read this aloud on our drive from Cincinnati to Kansas City. Bob is a knowledgeable military tactician and was familiar with the history of this time period. I, however, am not so familiar with military strategy. Still, we both found the book interesting, well-paced, and thorough. Lots of maps and diagrams help the average reader feel connected to the text and able to follow the campaign progression. Of particular interest to me was Ptolemy's use of the written language as propaganda i [...]

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    3. All I knew of Alexander was from the Roman point of view. I have never read a direct source but wanted to learn more. This book is well paced and contains lots of interesting details. A fun casual read but informative; a hard balance to find with ancient history. Alexander and Ptolemy are intriguing men and this book is a great introduction to both.

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