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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman F. Cantor Narrator: Bronson Pincho Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alexander’s behavior was conditioned along certain lines—heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure.

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor draws on the major writings of Alexander’s contemporaries as well as the most recent psychological and cultural studies to illuminate this most legendary of men—a great figure in the ancient world whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments. Cantor describes Alexander’s ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander’s attempts to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model. Finally, Cantor explores Alexander’s view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

More than a biography, Cantor’s Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.

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  • “[An] incomparable mix of insight and cogency…Military exploits (in Alexander’s case, of course, military talents) are excitingly revivified, and honesty is the hallmark of Cantor’s appreciation of Alexander’s relationship with his longtime male lover, Hephaestion. A book that does the biographical art proud.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter Thijs | 2/18/2013

    " not a bad book, but did not learn anything new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 12/1/2012

    " Although I enjoyed this book, it was nothing more than a survey of previous works. There was no new scholarship presented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luci | 8/28/2012

    " Not as easy a read as "Antiquity" but still worthwhile use of my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 12/20/2011

    " I wanted a biography on this notorious ruler of ancient macedonia. Cantor did not need to write 1000 pages to give you a good udnerstanding of this complicated man. "

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About the Author
Author Norman F. Cantor

Norman F. Cantor (1929–2004) was emeritus professor of history, sociology, and comparative literature at New York University. His academic honors included appointments as a Rhodes Scholar, Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow at Princeton University, and Fulbright professor at Tel Aviv University. His earlier books include Inventing the Middle Ages, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, one of the most widely read narratives of the Middle Ages in the English language.