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Alexandre Le Grand ❰Reading❯ ➶ Alexandre Le Grand Author Pierre Briant – Ce livre n'est pas une biographie d'Alexandre le Grand empereur né en 356 av J C célèbre pour ses conuêtes et l'empire u'il parvint à édifier Il tente d'exposer les principaux aspects d'un phén Ce livre n'est pas une biographie d'Alexandre le Grand empereur né en av J C célèbre pour ses conuêtes et l'empire u'il parvint à édifier Il tente d'exposer les principaux aspects d'un phénomène historiue ui ne peut pas être réduit à sa seule personne uelle ue soit son importance Il est donc Alexandre Le PDF or consacré à l'examen des grandes uestions ue le sort de ce personnage fascinant suscite les origines de la domination et les objectifs d'Alexandre la nature et l'importance des résistances auxuelles elle se heurta l'organisation des territoires conuis les rapports entre conuérants et populations conuises.

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  1. Henry Smith Henry Smith says:

    I had wanted to read a basic biography of Alexander because I realized I didn't have a clear grasp on his life and story I kept hearing all these different tales about him and wanted a book that had them all collected and organized This is not that book Instead this is a much academic look at Alexander's empire and multitude of ways to interpret it So while my understanding of Alexander the person is still wanting this book did wonders to my understanding of Alexander the historical figure As my knowledge of Hellenistic studies is about zero I was unaware that Briant is apparently one of the major scholars in the field His gravitas is certainly backed up in this book as his mastery of the subject as well as the historiography is on full display His sources are highly varied and meticulously organized and his treatment of secondary sources is precise and merciless It was initially odd how Briant would directly and unashamedly critiue other scholars in the main body of the text but as the book went on it was apparent he did so because he felt he both had to and was able to Likewise it was surprising to see how often Braint would cite his old works But for Briant he could not move forward with explaining Alexander's Empire without building upon or breaking down past arguments Briant's academic focus on the Achaemenid Empire certainly was clear in his thesis of to understand Alexander's Empire you need to understand the empires he conuered By only following sources directly related to Alexander the whole story is not told and one gets a heavily biased view of the Macedonian But by broadening the scope of the sources and the uestions asked a better image is created Any major uestions on how Alexander's empire functioned would only be partially answered without the use of non Greek sources By delving into the Anatolian Persian Indian and sources a complex and encompassing view of the empire can be made

  2. Jan Jan says:

    I found this book a very nice way to get acuainted with such an important man as Alexander the Great The book is richly illustrated; that helps me understand by visualizingThere is something remarkable about the process of conuering territory I hope you’ll excuse me the expression it’s like chewing gum in the sense that by stretching the material – by going further and further into unknown surroundings – the matter gets all the fragile At last your fate is on an utterly thinning thread which is a threat With all his admirable efforts Alexander’s life was short yet legendary JM

  3. Muhammad Moneib Muhammad Moneib says:

    A Crash Course about Alexander's Extensive EmpireA few persons in the course of the thousand years of history had their names engraved in the minds of successive generations the way Alexander the Great did capturing the imagination of the adventurous as well as the dreams of those seeking glory It is his brief existence combined with his extraordinary deeds that has given him such a legendary status yet it is also why our portrayal of him is marred with lots of exaggerations and pure lies In this book Pierre Briant a professor of ancient history at the University of Toulouse tries to give us a uick glimpse of what Alexander might have really been through tracking his numerous battles settling in the cities he conuered and meeting his companions His aim is to let us draw an outline that is mostly resemblant to Alexander's life but as we will find out one which is drawn in a hurryThe book naturally follows the path of Alexander's conuests and major life events in chronological order starting from a few years prior to his birth up to a few years post his death The book's introduction gives a uick setting for the battles between Alexander and the Persians through two centuries of animosity between the two civilizations in which Persia had the upper hand under the influence of its Great Kings spurring conflict between the weakened Greek cities It wasn't until King Philip Alexander's father that the Greek cities were unified through the rise of Macedonia to face the Persians Philip's untimely death would then pave the way for his young son of twenty years of age to hold the absolute power of the army and later to earn a legendary status at such a young ageThe book is filled with accounts about the well known events of Alexander's early life Before embarking on the one way trip towards Persia we learn about his brilliance in subduing Bucephalus the rebellious stallion at a very young age; his wit in loosening the Guardian Knot that was said to be impossible; and his wisdom being tutored by none other than Aristotle himself There are also other accounts that show his respect of women and culture through the treatment of his Greek enemies Yet the first chapters also refer to the influence the Persian culture had upon Alexander's political and spiritual choices even before him setting a foot outside of the Greek empireThe author being a specialist in Persian history spends a great deal praising the diversity of culture within the Persian empire and refuting the Greek propaganda against Persians that was abundant at that time His treatment of Alexander's character is highly influenced by this as he sometimes hints that Alexander's adoption of some Persian policies in the conuered Persian cities was of a fondness of the culture and a spiritual influence rather than a pragmatic approach An argument for this is that toward's the advanced stages of Alexander's expedition after conuering most of the Persian empire he started to act as a Great King by living lavishly in place of the his previous relative modesty by becoming open to diversity and by exercising autocracy in place of the Greek democracy especially with his companionsIt is important to notice however that Alexander's motives are not clear and that's perhaps why his life was interpreted in so many ways after his death What might be seen as an act of generosity by some historian might be considered an act of deception by another and vice versa Moreover it might be that Alexander's action were most influenced by his hunger for glory something that might have been increased by the conviction of being semi divine as he was told by a priest in the oasis of Siwa Whatever his motivations might turn out to be his desire for expanding his empire is far evident Hence the way he treated his enemies and their cultures was an important factor for him to achieve this goalAlexander's military genius is well chronicled through his numerous battles It all begins with him fighting other Greek cities in his father's army then after his father's success in unifying the Greeks and his subseuent assassination driving west freeing Greek cities in Asia minor The consecutive defeats of the Persians led their Great King Darius III to lead a huge army in the battle of Issus to meet Alexander What follows is a chase between Alexander and the fleeing Persian king who managed to escape leaving all his family in Alexanders custody The chase ends with Darius III getting assassinated by his companions something Alexander will punish them for while on his conuest towards the eastern part of the empireAs Alexander's empire expands we realize how fragile it becomes The constant state of conuering was not sustainable by any means especially that eight years of constant struggle has left lots of men yearning for going back home In the last years of his expedition Alexander faced stiff resistance from his own soldiers as well as from populations and governors of previously conuered cities And while he kept a constant flow of reinforcement from various parts of his enormous empire his wins in present day India the east most part of his empire were merely superficial and were not to last Succumbing to the pressure of his men Alexander returned to Babylon fighting with rebels along his way His death was not far off leaving his desire to return to Greece after conuering Arabia unfulfilledThe years after Alexander's death were said to be filled with conflicts among his companions over his empire even his body too Eventually those who took large portions of the empire made themselves kings while others were so weak to maintain what they had gained The records of Alexander's battles were kept by historians accompanied his expedition but what reached us was mostly based on the works of early historians who wrote about Alexander after his death including the memoirs of Ptolemy a military general in Philip's army and one of the closest companions of Alexander who later became the king of Egypt Those historians used to write a rather legendary version of Alexander usually due to personal affection and national prideThe dependence of this book on these early sources is evident in the bibliography and the references on almost every page Yet it is in the Documents section which is located in the end of the book that we learn that these sources are not to be trusted fully Indeed it is easy to detect exaggeration and superstition most of the times but an early heads up would have been better to make the reader cautious while reading the text Also the excerpts in this section seems to be arbitrarily chosen than following a certain thread giving an impression that there's some missing information or the presence of irrelevant information For example we have been told several times that medieval Islamic scholars used to praise Alexander a lot but we were not given the slightest hint of why so However and to the credit of the book despite the rush of the narration and the flush of information I have become in a short time much casually informed about Alexander's life than before reading it thanks to the concise text and its accompanying fair visual aidsThis book is not for everyone While a casual reader of the subject like myself might find it somewhat amusing and informative a serious enthusiast or a scholar would probably find it incomplete and rudimentary This is a characteristic of the DISCOVERIES series to which this book belongs; it is like watching a documentary that will give you an amount of information that is just like Alexander's empire proved to be extensive yet fragile

  4. Nataraj Sindam Nataraj Sindam says:

    There is the Man the myth and the war he wagedThis book is about the wars Alexander waged and their overview It has great pictorial descriptions to go along with the narrativeYou will know what Alexander did but you will not know why he did it That's for a different book

  5. Parker Smith Parker Smith says:

    I typically do some research before picking up any given book on a topic I went into this with minimal knowledge of Alexander the Great and everything I read indicated that this book is a great broad perspective introductory book to the topic It was interesting in the way it directly discussed the administration of Alexander's empire and the peculiarities of his politicking and empire building but the narrative is dragged down by Briant's historiography and the jumpiness of his story telling which seems anything but chronological Much academic than expected and certainly not the book for the casual reader or anyone who would rather read about Alexander's great pitched battles and journey into India instead of debates surrounding Alexander's adoption of Persian etiuette and the moral weight of his legacy

  6. Ensiform Ensiform says:

    Translated by Jeremy Leggatt A very short work in the Discoveries series jam packed with photos of appropriate art works The text was unsatisfactory being a mere run down of Alexander's campaigns against Darius and into India giving no picture of the man himself Did he love his wife? His lovers? Why was he so driven? What were his relations with his men like? These are just some of the uestions that the slim volume fails to answer

  7. Michael P. Michael P. says:

    Adeuate and heavily illustrated introduction to Alexander his world and his accomplishments This is a book to read uickly to see if you want to know It is not a book to uote or go in depth It is satisfying on that level only

  8. Jennifer Henry Jennifer Henry says:

    Being my first book about A the G I found his life interesting and his accomplishments bold I appreciated the author's attempt to uestion whether he was attempting to dominate or civilise the lands he plundered Three wives just for show

  9. Ian Hammond Ian Hammond says:

    Pierre Briant is an Alexander apologist but his book is fun to read He completely avoided Alexander's alcoholism

  10. Brenton Brenton says:

    The entire posture of the book seemed to be defensive To a lamen his criticisms and charges against the popular histories of Alexander did not mean much

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