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᾿Ανάβασις ᾿Αλεξάνδρου characters Ý 107 Ã The Landmark Arrian is an important new edition of The Campaigns of Alexander the most authoritative ancient account of one of the world’s most brilliant military leaders  During twelve years of continuous campaigns Alexander conuered an empire that stretcThe Landmark Arrian is an important new edition of The Campaigns of Alexander the most authoritative ancient account of one of the world’s most brilliant military leaders  During twelve years of continuous campaigns Alexander conuered an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the edge of modern India Arrian’s history of those conuests the most reliable and detailed account to emerge from the ancient world. History is full of faltering heirs of legacies that died with fathers Some subsist on their fathers' names for a time spending his honor like coin but lacking the necessary traits to add to the capital Others suander all at once consumed by enemies or by incompetence Rare is it for the son to possess all that is reuired to further what was started Some others blessed with such a character were not born into a position to use itMoney armies and position Crassus had and died in Parthia For students of Greek and Roman history Parthia is a graveyard for audacious generals When Xenophon wrote an account of his greatest military achievement it was not a battle won or nation conuered but escaping that desert aliveBut Alexander crosses it His only precedents for such a campaign are the gods themselves Dionysus and Hercules who often failed in myth to do what Alexander achieves in life Arrian himself points out that authors often attach Hercules' name to impossible tasks so that the hero's failures could be said to mark the limits of realityBut they are not Alexander's limits Plato imagined the Mediterranean as a pond the Greeks as frogs suatting at its shore a symbol eually fitting for the Romans so that whenever we hear of 'The World' and of its limits our exotic locales are Egypt Libya Ethiopia Spain or another Herculean limit 'The Pillar of Hercules' at Gibraltar After some centuries Caesar alights briefly at Britain but it's nothing to match the scope of AlexanderThere is a certain shock when reading the ease at which Alexander overcomes these legendary lands as if he were a hero of Lucian's and vaulting to the moon One almost expects him to return bearing a phoenix and a cynocephalid he doesn't though there is one bucephalid To conuer Parthia would be impressive enough but to lay low all of Persia the ineffable shadow over Greece seems a dream Then Scythia Bactria and all the way to the IndusIt is the sort of achievement like Genghis Khan's which seems superhuman inexplicable unrepeatable and so it was One is left wondering whether Alexander would have achieved had he lived past thirty two whether the Greek world would have met India and China what sort of a history might have resulted But such speculation is mere fancyTruly Alexander seemed to have everything needed for success high birth loyal troops a tactical mind a generous nature unassuming charm political acumen a tireless spirit and unlimited vision Though Arrian's history is primarily militaristic we do get a portrait of the man and come away understanding the uniue character that allowed his achievements He was also a man of flaws dying a reveler sometimes losing reason to passion and with an obsessive desire which would not have stopped at the Indus without the near mutiny of his troopsBut there was one thing he did not have a writer worthy to record his exploits either in history or epic He had no Thucydides or Herodotus not even a Xenophon Though many tried none succeeded in capturing the man and so all the works of his time whether of history or romance disappeared not worthy to recall Arrian's own was compiled some time after events transpired a combination of sources of varying veracity His legacy was one of dissolution leaving both his empire and his story fragmentedBut we are not entirely destitute and I for one am glad for the opportunity to enjoy what remains of a story too large for the histories to hold

᾿Ανάβασις ᾿ΑλεξάνδρουThe Landmark Arrian is an important new edition of The Campaigns of Alexander the most authoritative ancient account of one of the world’s most brilliant military leaders  During twelve years of continuous campaigns Alexander conuered an empire that stretched from the shores of the Adriatic to the edge of modern India Arrian’s history of those conuests the most reliable and detailed account to emerge from the ancient world. History is full of faltering heirs of legacies that died with fathers Some subsist on their fathers' names for a time spending his honor like coin but lacking the necessary traits to add to the capital Others suander all at once consumed by enemies or by incompetence Rare is it for the son to possess all that is reuired to further what was started Some others blessed with such a character were not born into a position to use itMoney armies and position Crassus had and died in Parthia For students of Greek and Roman history Parthia is a graveyard for audacious generals When Xenophon wrote an account of his greatest military achievement it was not a battle won or nation conuered but escaping that desert aliveBut Alexander crosses it His only precedents for such a campaign are the gods themselves Dionysus and Hercules who often failed in myth to do what Alexander achieves in life Arrian himself points out that authors often attach Hercules' name to impossible tasks so that the hero's failures could be said to mark the limits of realityBut they are not Alexander's limits Plato imagined the Mediterranean as a pond the Greeks as frogs suatting at its shore a symbol eually fitting for the Romans so that whenever we hear of 'The World' and of its limits our exotic locales are Egypt Libya Ethiopia Spain or another Herculean limit 'The Pillar of Hercules' at Gibraltar After some centuries Caesar alights briefly at Britain but it's nothing to match the scope of AlexanderThere is a certain shock when reading the ease at which Alexander overcomes these legendary lands as if he were a hero of Lucian's and vaulting to the moon One almost expects him to return bearing a phoenix and a cynocephalid he doesn't though there is one bucephalid To conuer Parthia would be impressive enough but to lay low all of Persia the ineffable shadow over Greece seems a dream Then Scythia Bactria and all the way to the IndusIt is the sort of achievement like Genghis Khan's which seems superhuman inexplicable unrepeatable and so it was One is left wondering whether Alexander would have achieved had he lived past thirty two whether the Greek world would have met India and China what sort of a history might have resulted But such speculation is mere fancyTruly Alexander seemed to have everything needed for success high birth loyal troops a tactical mind a generous nature unassuming charm political acumen a tireless spirit and unlimited vision Though Arrian's history is primarily militaristic we do get a portrait of the man and come away understanding the uniue character that allowed his achievements He was also a man of flaws dying a reveler sometimes losing reason to passion and with an obsessive desire which would not have stopped at the Indus without the near mutiny of his troopsBut there was one thing he did not have a writer worthy to record his exploits either in history or epic He had no Thucydides or Herodotus not even a Xenophon Though many tried none succeeded in capturing the man and so all the works of his time whether of history or romance disappeared not worthy to recall Arrian's own was compiled some time after events transpired a combination of sources of varying veracity His legacy was one of dissolution leaving both his empire and his story fragmentedBut we are not entirely destitute and I for one am glad for the opportunity to enjoy what remains of a story too large for the histories to hold

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᾿Ανάβασις ᾿Αλεξάνδρου Î Ve on Alexander imbued with a level of understanding that only firsthand military experience can provide In the richly illustrated and annotated style of the Landmark series The Campaigns of Alexander which features an engaging and elouent new translation by Pamela Mensch brings together some of the preeminent classics scholars at work today to create what is certain to be the definitive edition of this essential work of histor. ”Undisputed Monarch of Two Continents”Excellently written account of the life and military campaigns of an extraordinary man the Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian is a pleasure to read It is designed to praise Alexander’s achievements and of this Arrian makes no secret But he does not fail to include criticism where it is due Arrian appears to take the job of historian seriously realizing that he will be leaving the definitive word on the life of this giant for millennia to come And it is true that much of what we know about Alexander is courtesy of Arrian’s diligence and care When Alexander finally listened to his men’s pleas and agreed to halt his campaigns and turn for home it is said that”Most of them wept They came to Alexander’s tent and called down every blessing upon him for allowing them to prevail – the only defeat he had ever suffered” Yes he allowed his men to talk him into standing down his only defeatAlexander purportedly said “There is no part of my body but my back which has not a scar” There is so much that is uotable in this book But Arrian summarizes Alexander best in the end when he says ”He had great personal beauty invincible power of endurance and a keen intellect; he was brave and adventurous strict in the observance of his religious duties and hungry for fame Most temperate in the pleasures of the body his passion was for glory only and in that he was insatiable He had an uncanny instinct for the right course in a difficult and complex situation and was most happy in his deductions from observed facts In arming and euipping troops and in his military dispositions he was always masterly Noble indeed was his power of inspiring his men or filling them with confidence and in the moment of danger of sweeping away their fear by the spectacle of his own fearlessness When risks had to be taken he took them with the utmost boldness and his ability to seize the moment for a swift blow before his enemy had any suspicion of what was coming was beyond praise No cheat or liar ever caught him off his guard and both his word and his bond were inviolable Spending but little on his own pleasures he poured out his money without stint for the benefit of his friends”Arrian carefully weaves in the geography the military strategy the personal details the flaws of Alexander his leadership and his history At no point is the account lengthy or boring as you would expect from a book that is almost 1900 years old I read this biography of Alexander from Kindle and Audible though it is not available in whisper sync This means of course that you turn the pages to keep up with the narration I do not recommend this book for audio alone as many words need to be seen to remember or understand The ebook is in the public domain and can be gotten almost anywhere free I believe But the Kindle edition cost about 1000 The Audible is narrated by Charlton Griffin in a voice that does Arrian’s work justice I am definitely inspired to read of Arrian after this review Ú eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ô Arrian

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Arrian Ô 7 Read Is a work that will fascinate readers interested in classical studies the history of warfare and the origins of East West tensions that still simmer today in Ira Iran and Afghanistan Drawing on Ptolemy’s memoirs and other sources that have not survived antiuity Arrian’s portrait of Alexander is unmatched for its accuracy and immediacy Having served as a high Roman official with command of an army Arrian had a uniue perspecti. Somehow the review went into a comment when I wrote it five years ago so I am copying it into the review spaceThis is a review of the Landmark Arrian; it’s absolutely the best because of the supporting materialExcellent version with extensive maps notes appendices Arrian is fairly clear about how forces are arranged at each major battle but it is helpful to have that confirmed by the maps The maps are essential for following the march and understanding where ancient sites were I had never read the story of Alexander before Even allowing for some hagiography by the men who wrote about him and on whom Arrian drew he was an astounding man; Arrian's summing up in his last pages notes his ability to see what needed to be done before anyone else could to predict where current events would lead to inspire through his presence and leaping into the forefront of battle and also his plain hardiness His ability to march for days on end overnight through rough territory and then leap into battle is astounding Also astounding although not addressed directly by Arrian or sufficiently in the appendices is how he kept tens of thousands of troops supplied on these marches far across Asia