Alexander the Great in His World (Blackwell Ancient Lives) by Carol G. Thomas

By Carol G. Thomas

Alexander the good is among the such a lot celebrated figures of antiquity. during this publication, Carol G. Thomas locations this robust determine in the context of his time, position, tradition, and ancestry as a way to observe what affects formed his existence and career.

The publication starts with an exploration of the Macedonia that conditioned the lives of its population. It additionally strains such affects on Alexander's lifestyles as his royal Argead ancestry, his father, Philip II, and his mom, Olympias. the writer examines Alexander's engagement with Greek tradition, specially his dating with Aristotle, and contemplates how different societal components - specially the hugely militarized Macedonian country and the character of Macedonia's courting with neighboring states - contributed to his achievement.

What used to be the importance of those affects at the guy who succeeded in conquering many of the recognized international from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River? the writer makes a speciality of this question in exploring historical landscapes and resurrecting key figures from antiquity so as to penetrate the inducement, objectives, and internal being of Alexander the nice.

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Certainly Aristotle was well acquainted with Macedonia and Macedonians, having been raised as a child at the capital of Pella and, later, having served as TAG02 7/8/06 11:03 AM Page 23 Being Macedonian 23 tutor to the young Alexander III. Investigation of the physical nature of Macedonia allows us to consider how the natural conditions there would define a way of life for its occupants – Macedonians in general, members of the ruling Argead line, and Alexander III in particular. And in company with Hippokrates and Aristotle, we can then inquire into the people who were shaped by that environment.

In sum, in spite of the impressive expansion and the bonds of centralization within it, the kingdom remained fragile and threats from beyond the borders were ever present. The Nature of Life in Fourth-Century Macedonia When Alexander chastised his men for ingratitude in 324, he pictured the massive change in the nature of life in Macedonia during his father’s rule. TAG02 7/8/06 11:03 AM 48 Page 48 Being Macedonian Philip took charge of you as wanderers without resources, most of you dressed in hides, pasturing a few sheep on the mountain-side, and fighting poorly for them against Illyrians and Triballians and the Thracians on our borders; he gave you cloaks to wear instead of skins, led you down from the mountains to the plains, made you worthy warriors against nearby barbarians, so that you came to rely on your own virtues rather than the security of your region.

The changes to the Macedonian force are discussed more fully in the account of Alexander’s inheritance from Philip in chapters 3 and 5. Here we may note the major features: a more mobile infantry equipped with a longer spear; expanded cavalry; special squadrons of light infantry and light cavalry; and development of siege machinery. As the territory of the kingdom expanded – whether through conquest or alliance – more troops became available. And with efficient use of resources, they could be constantly in the field either on campaign or in drill.

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