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Alexander the Great

2nd Edition

By Richard Stoneman


144 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History

Lancaster Pamphlets offer concise and up-to-date accounts of major historical topics, primarily for the help of students preparing for Advanced Level examinations, though they should also be of value to those pursuing introductory courses in universities and other institutions of higher education. Without being all-embracing, their aims are to bring some of the central themes or problems confronting students and teachers into sharper focus than the textbook writer can hope to do; to provide the reader with some of the results of recent research which the textbook may not embody; and to stimulate thought about the whole interpretation of the topic under discussion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
HISTORY / Europe / General