Envy of the Gods

Envy of the Gods

Alexander the Great's Ill-fated Journey Across Asia

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A study of the final years in the life of the great conqueror examines the complex mix of ruthless tyrant and incurable romantic that characterized Alexander the Great and argues that the interplay and conflict between these two forces led to his downfall and early death.

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Alexander the Great accomplished more than any ordinary human could even hope to dream, yet at the end of his life, his empire, his army, and even his own life were unraveling. While the world knows well how the Macedonian king conquered the Persian Empire, few people know the full story of his decline and fall as he sought to bring the most remote areas of the Persian empire under his control.Alexander was a complicated mix of ruthless tyrant and incurable romantic. This schizophrenic interplay of conflicting psychic forces characterized his rise to power and was largely responsible for his downfall. In the last seven years of his life, Alexander the Great grew increasingly unpredictable, sporadically violent, megalomaniacal, and suspicious of friends as well as enemies. In the end Alexander the Great was not defeated by any external enemy but by himself. John Prevas brings this riveting story of the fall of Alexander to life with a compelling narrative informed by his personal retracing of much of the route trod by Alexander through what is now Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

An engaging account-told for the first time-of the decline and ruin of Alexander the Great as he sought to conquer faraway lands in Asia and subdue his own growing megalomania


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& Taylor

A study of the final years in the life of the great conqueror examines the complex mix of ruthless tyrant and incurable romantic that characterized Alexander the Great and argues that the interplay and conflict between these two forces led to his downfall and early death. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo, 2004
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306812682
0306812681
Branch Call Number: 938.0709 ALEXA PREVA
Characteristics: xii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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