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In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor draws on the major writings of Alexander's contemporaries, as well as the most recent psychological and cultural studies, to illuminate this most legendary of men - a great figure in the ancient world, whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments.

Cantor describes Alexander's ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model.

Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt. More than a biography, Cantor's Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.

©2005 The Estate of Norman F. Cantor (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Military exploits...are excitingly revivified, and honesty is the hallmark of Cantor's appreciation of Alexander's relationship with his longtime male lover, Hephaestion. A book that does the biographical art proud." ( Booklist)

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  • Molly Sikes
  • 20/02/2017

Wonderful and Delightful

I needed this book for a project in school. I didn't really think I would enjoy it but oh boy was I wrong. By far one of the best books I've listened to this year.

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  • Fun Lovin Lady
  • 25/09/2012

FIVE STAR BOOK!!!!

I would recommend this book to everyone. The narration was perfect. Bronson Pinchot is one of my favorite. So far, I have never regretted buying a book in which he is the narrator.

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  • Beowulf
  • 04/11/2020

Who Directed This?

Bronson Pinchot is one of the greatest audio book readers I’ve ever heard. However, for some reason, in this book every time he has to read a long quotation from another source, he lapses into a near whisper. It’s incredibly annoying. I can’t believe the director didn’t find this irritating or offputting. His voice becomes so quiet during these times that it’s almost like he’s speaking softly and directly into your ear, trying to lull you to sleep. That all stops by the last hour or so, however, and the book itself is pretty good.

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  • isabel B.
  • 16/10/2020

Great study on Alexander

very well written and extremely well. researched .loved the comparisions in history placing Alexander in the correct context