This biography starts off no longer with one of many universally recognized incidents of Alexander's existence, yet with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire used to be the 1st at the continent of Europe to have an successfully centralized executive and armed forces. What Philip and Macedonia needed to supply, Alexander made his personal, yet Philip and Macedonia additionally made Alexander shape a tremendous context for figuring out Alexander himself. but his origins and coaching don't absolutely clarify the guy. After he used to be named hegemon of the Hellenic League, many philosophers got here to congratulate Alexander, yet one was once conspicuous by way of his absence: Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay bath. Piqued and curious, Alexander himself visited the thinker, who, whilst requested if there has been something Alexander may well do for him, made the recognized answer, "Don't stand among me and the sun." Alexander's courtiers jeered, yet Alexander silenced them: "If I weren't Alexander, i'd be Diogenes." This comment was once as unforeseen in Alexander because it will be in a contemporary leader.
For the overall reader, the e-book, redolent with gritty info and entirely conscious of Alexander's darker part, deals a gripping story of Alexander's occupation. complete backnotes, fourteen maps, and chronological and genealogical tables serve readers with extra really good interests.