Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), King of Macedonia, is among the greatest of all historical figures.
He lived a life of mythical proportions. He modeled himself on Achilles and slept with a copy of the Iliad, annotated by Aristotle, his teacher, under his pillow.
Unrivaled by any historical military figure, he conquered the Mediterranean, Persia, Afghanistan and north-west India during his brief life.
By the time he died at the age of 33 he had introduced Greek civilisation to the world.
Renowned as a god, a tyrant, and everything in between, his legacy continues to be both enduring and contested as historians seek to uncover more and more about this legendary warrior.
But who was the real Alexander?
In this clear and concise account Nigel Cawthorne tells the dramatic story of the man who would become ‘King of the World’.
Using excerpts from the texts of ancient philosophers, most of whom were present at the feats they describe, as well as copious other historical sources, Cawthorne knits together a stirring narrative, rich with the action and drama only real life can provide.
“A well-told story that both stimulates and informs.” – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.