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Alexander the Great

Selections from Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius

Alexander the Great( )
Edited and Translated by: Romm, James
Translator: Mensch, Pamela
Author: Arrian,
Curtius, Quintus
Series title:Hackett Classics Ser.
Publication Date:Mar 2005
Publisher:Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $15.50
Book Description:

Comprised of relevant selections from the writings of four ancient historians, this volume provides a complete narrative of the important events in the life of Alexander the Great. Includes a timeline, maps, bibliography, glossary, and index.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: History / Ancient / Greece
Biography & Autobiography / Military
History / Europe / Greece
Biography & Autobiography / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):0.351 x 8.385 x 5.421 Inches
Book Weight:0.563 Pounds
Author Biography
Arrian (Edited and Translated by)
Historian, philosopher, and general, Arrian was born into a wealthy Greek family in Nicomedia, in Asia Minor. He was a pupil and friend of the philosopher Epictetus, whose lectures he published at Athens. For six years, from 131 to 137, he served as governor of Cappadocia under the emperor Hadrian. It was during this time that he successfully drove back invading Alans.

Arrian wrote several geographical and historical works, including the Indica, an account of a voyage to India. He is best known, however, as author of the Anabasis. A much praised and valuable account of the life of Alexander the Great, it is based on the writings of Ptolemy I and Aristobulus, two of Alexander's generals. He modeled the work on Anabasis of Xenophon.

Arrian died at an advanced age during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.


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