Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth by Norman F. Cantor

By Norman F. Cantor

"Alexander's habit used to be conditioned alongside sure lines—heroism, braveness, energy, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

during this succinct portrait of Alexander the nice, individual student and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public existence and armed forces conquests of this such a lot mythical of fellows. Cantor attracts from the foremost writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the latest mental and cultural reviews to teach Alexander as he was—a nice determine within the old international whose perplexing character significantly fueled his army accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous courting together with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement along with his mom, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He lines Alexander's makes an attempt to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, utilizing Achilles, hero of the Trojan warfare, as his version. ultimately, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself when it comes to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

greater than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a mental rendering of a guy of his time.

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M. A. Grube SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING Socrates and Plato’s Socratic Dialogues 1. , ed. Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates, Oxford, 1992. Has extensive bibliography. 2. Nehamas, Alexander. The Art of Living, Berkeley, 1998. 3. Vlastos, Gregory, ed. The Philosophy of Socrates: A Collection of Critical Essays, New York, 1971. 4. ———. , 1991. Euthyphro 5. Cohen, S. Marc. “Socrates on the Definition of Piety: Euthyphro 10a–11b,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 9 (1971), repr. in (3), 158–76.

Thus the Apology is in three parts. The first and major part is the main speech (17a–35d), followed by the counter-assessment (35e–38b), and finally, last words to the jury (38c–42a), both to those who voted for the death sentence and those who voted for acquittal. [17] I do not know, men of Athens,2 how my accusers affected you; as for me, I was almost carried away in spite of myself, so persuasively did they speak. And yet, hardly anything of what they said is true. Of the many lies they told, one in particular surprised me, namely that you should be careful not to be deceived by an accomplished speaker like me.

Owls to Athens, Oxford, 1990, 213–22. 8. MacPherran, Mark. “Socratic Piety in the Euthyphro,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 23 (1985), repr. in (1), 220–41. 9. Mann, William. “Piety: Lending Euthyphro a Hand,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (1998):123–42. 10. Taylor, Christopher C. W. “The End of the Euthyphro,” Phronesis 27 (1982):109–18. Apology 11. , and Nicholas D. Smith. Socrates on Trial, Oxford, 1989. 12. Burnyeat, Myles F. “The Impiety of Socrates,” Ancient Philosophy 17 (1997):1–12.

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