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2nd Edition

Alexander the Great

ISBN 9780415319324
Published October 25, 2004 by Routledge
144 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Alexander the Great by Richard Stoneman is an introduction to the career and impact of the great Macedonian conqueror and the main themes of his reign. As well as tackling problems of interpretation, the author includes:

  • an examination of the written and other sources and the problems of working with them
  • discussion of archaeological and numismatic evidence
  • an outline of the Macedonian background
  • insight into Alexander's education and ideas
  • exploration of Alexander's claim to divinity
  • assessment of Alexander's short and long-term achievements
  • a study of his influence in antiquity.



Richard Stoneman is Senior Editor at Routledge and the author of several books on Greek History and Culture.


'This is a succinct and clear account of the diverse achievements of the ancient world's greatest conqueror; the attention given to the problems of the ancient evidence is particularly welcome, since pupils and students using the book as a reliable guide will enjoy reading the analytical narrative but also have to contemplate the recurrent question of the authority of our knowledge.' - Michael Whitby, Department of Ancient History, University of Warwick, UK

'I have no hesitation in recommending his little monograph as the most sensible, even-handed and up-to-date introductory study of Alexander known to me. The school-leavers and the undergraduates for whom it is designed can count themselves lucky' - Peter Green, The New Republic

'Good,concise discussions of source problems and trends in modern scholarship, as well as...effectively used anecdotes.''Stoneman writes for the informed reader, AULlevel student, and undergraduate, all of whom will find his book a very good bargain.' - Greece and Rome

'I found this to be an excellent read... Richard Stoneman writes well and has produced a very good account of Alexander and his achievements. I commend it to you without reservation as a well written, engaging and concise introduction to one of the most famous figures in the Ancient World whose legacy remains to this day'. - Scottish Association of Teachers of History, History Teaching Review