Alexander the Great

The Heroic Ideal


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Pierre Briant


In 334 BC the twenty-two-year-old King Alexander of Macedon led his army across the Bosphorus to challenge the mighty Persian empire. Ten years later his conquests had taken him to the edge of the known world. But, as Asia Minor, Egypt and parts of India lay at his feet, Alexander was dying, his huge empire soon to be split up.

Alexander the Great celebrates his legendary life and his legacy to civilisation in a host of illustrations woven into the fascinating story, written by a renowned specialist in the history of the period.

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Weight 278 g
Dimensions 12.2 x 17.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 November 1996
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.2 x 17.8 cm
Weight 278 g


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Pierre Briant is a French Iranologist, Professor of History and Civilisation of the Achaemenid World and the Empire of Alexander the Great at the Coll├Ęge de France (1999 onwards) and Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Chicago. His works deal mainly with the Achaemenid Empire and related matters such as Alexander the Great or the Hellenistic Era.