Alexander the Great’s life and career are here examined through the major issues surrounding his reign. What were Alexander’s ultimate ambitions? Why did he pursue his own deification while alive? How did he administer his conquests? Did he actually set the world in ‘a new groove’ as has been claimed by some scholars? Each of the key themes, arranged as chapters, will be presented in approximately chronological order so that readers unfamiliar with the life of Alexander will be able to follow the narrative. The themes are tied to the major controversies and questions surrounding Alexander’s career and legacy. Each chapter includes a discussion of the major academic positions on each issue, and includes a full and up-to-date bibliography and an evaluation of the historical evidence. All source material is in translation. Designed to bring new clarity to the contentious history of Alexander the Great, this is an ideal introduction to one of history’s most controversial figures.
Edward M. Anson is professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is the author and editor of five books. Most recently Eumenes of Cardia : A Greek among Macedonians (2004) and more than forty journal articles and book chapters.