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A unique 'backstory' of Alexander and his successors: the biased historians, deceits, wars, generals, and the tale of the literature that preserved them. 'Babylon, mid-­June 323 BCE, the gateway of the gods; prostrated in the Summer Palace of Nebuchadrezzar II on the east bank of the Euphrates, wracked by fever and having barely survived another night, King Alexander III, the rule of Macedonia for 12 years and 7 months, had his senior officers congregate at his bedside. Abandoned by Fortune and the healing god Asclepius, he finally acknowledged he was dying. Some 2,­340 years on, five barely intact accounts survive to tell a hardly coherent story. At times in close accord, though more often contradictory, they conclude with a melee of death-­scene rehashes, all of them suspicious: the first portrayed Alexander dying silent and intestate; he was Homeric and vocal in the second; the third detailed his Last Will and Testament though it is attached to the stuff of romance. Which account...

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Start your engines and get in gear for an action-­packed story from the bestselling author of The No.­1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun and energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley.­When Max finds an old car that has his last name – Champion – on the bonnet, he learns that his grandfather used to make some of the best cars around ... and race them! That is, until his ideas book and his favourite car, Arabella, were stolen by greedy rival Mr Grabber.­Can Max find a way to get back what Grandfather Gus lost? And will Arabella ever be seen again?

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Alexander the Great conquered territories on a superhuman scale and established an empire that stretched from Greece to India. He spread Greek culture and education throughout his empire, and was worshipped as a living god by many of his subjects. But how great is a leader responsible for the deaths on tens of thousands of people? A ruler who prefers constant warring to administering the peace? A man who believed he was a god, who murdered his friends, and recklessly put his soldiers lives at risk?
Ian Worthington delves into Alexander's successes and failures, his paranoia, the murders he engineered, his megalomania, and his constant drinking. It presents a king corrupted by power and who, for his own personal ends, sacrificed the empire his father had fought to establish.

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The struggle between Russia and Great Britain over Central Asia in the nineteenth century was the original "great game.­" But in the past quarter century, a new "great game" has emerged, pitting America against a newly aggressive Russia and a resource-­hungry China, all struggling for influence over one of the volatile areas in the world: the long border region stretching from Iran through Pakistan to Kashmir. In Great Games, Local Rules, Alexander Cooley, one of America's most respected Central Asia experts, explores the dynamics of the new competition over the region since 9/11. All three great powers are pursuing important goals: basing rights for the US, access to natural resources for the Chinese, and increased political influence for the Russians. But Central Asian governments have proven themselves powerful forces in their own right, establishing local rules that serve to fend off foreign involvement, enrich themselves and reinforce their sovereign authority. Cooley's . . .

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This book consists of extracts from key documents, along with commentary and further reading, on the ‘Great Patriotic War’ of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany, 1941-­45. Despite the historical significance of the war, few Soviet documents have been published in English. This work provides translations of a range of extracts from Soviet documents relating to the titanic struggle on the Eastern Front during World War II, with commentary. This is the only single-­volume work in English to use documentary evidence to look at the Soviet war effort from military, political, economic and diplomatic perspectives. The book should not only facilitate a deeper study of the Soviet war effort, but also allow more balanced study of what is widely known in the West as the ‘Eastern Front’. This book will be of much interest to students and scholars of military history, Soviet history, and World War II history.

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George Grote (17 November 1794 – 18 June 1871) English historian. He is now best known for his major work, the voluminous History of Greece

In this Fifth Volume Grote introduce us to the Famous Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, and take us to the Beginning of the Peloponnesian War. A marvel.

XXXVIII. FROM THE BATTLE OF MARATHON TO THE MARCH OF XERXES AGAINST GREECE
XXXIX. PROCEEDINGS IN GREECE FROM THE BATTLE OF MARATHON TO THE TIME OF THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE.
XL. BATTLES OF THERMOPYLAE AND ARTEMISIUM.
XLI. BATTLE OF SALAMIS.­—RETREAT OF XERXES.
XLII. BATTLES OF PLATAEA AND MYKALE.
XLIII. EVENTS IN SICILY DOWN TO THE EXPULSION OF THE GELONIAN DYNASTY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF POPULAR GOVERNMENTS THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND.
XLIV. FROM THE BATTLES OF PLATAEA AND MYKALE DOWN TO THE DEATHS OF THEMISTOKLES AND ARISTEIDES
XLV. PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFEDERACY UNDER ATHENS AS HEAD. FIRST FORMATION AND RAPID EXPANSION OF THE ATHENIAN EMPIRE
CHAPTER XLVI. CONSTITUTIONAL AND JUDICIAL CHANGES AT . . .

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HISTORY OF GREECE

BY
GEORGE GROTE

VOL. XII.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

CHAPTER XCI. FIRST PERIOD OF THE REIGN OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT. SIEGE AND CAPTURE OF THEBES
CHAPTER XCII. ASIATIC CAMPAIGN OF ALEXANDER
CHAPTER XCIII. SECOND AND THRID ASIATIC CAMPAIGN OF ALEXANDER. BATTLE OF ISSUS. SIEGE OF TYRE
CHAPTER XCIV. MILITARY OPERATIONS AND CONQUESTS OF ALEXANDER AFTER HIS WINTER QUARTERS IN PERSIS, DOWN TO HIS DEATH IN BABYLON
CHAPTER XCV. GRECIA AFFAIRS FROM THE LANDING OF ALEXANDER IN ASIA TO THE LAMIAN WAR
CHAPTER XCVI. FROM THE LAMIAN WAR TO THE CLOSE OF FREE HELLAS AND HELLENISM
CHAPTER XCVII. SICILIAN AND ITALIAN GREEKS. AGATHOCLES
CHAPTER XCVIII. OUTLYING HELLENIC CITIES

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This volume begins with Alexander the Great, who wielded perhaps the finest army ever to wage war prior to the advent of gunpowder, and whose tactical and operational prowess bordered on genius.

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MURDER IN BABYLON is a real-­life historical detective story: a true tale of murder and mystery that has remained untold for over two thousand years.
Recreating the scene of the crime to reveal eight suspects, each with the motive and opportunity to have assassinated the king. Graham Phillips uncovers a maze of intrigue, power-­play and romantic tragedy that led inevitably towards Alexander's death. Ultimately, in a dramatic twist in the tale, the murderer is finally unveiled.

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Author: Oliver GoldsmithBook contributor: Oxford UniversityLanguage: English2 downloads in the last monthDownload Ebook: (PDF) (EPUB)

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In 336 b.­c. Philip of Macedonia was assassinated and his twenty-­year-­old son, Alexander, inherited his kingdom. Immediately quelling rebellion, Alexander extended his father’s empire through-­out the Middle East and into parts of Asia, fulfilling the soothsayer Aristander’s prediction that the new king “should perform acts so important and glorious as would make the poets and musicians of future ages labour and sweat to describe and celebrate him.­” is one of the first surviving attempts to memorialize the achievements of this legendary king, remembered today as the greatest military genius of all time. This exclusive Modern Library edition, excerpted from, is a riveting tale of honor, power, scandal, and bravery written by the most eminent biographer of the ancient world.

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The thrilling story of one of the most remarkable figures in history. Recounts how Alexander ascended the Macedonian throne at the age of 20, overthrew his rival claimants, and then began preparations for the expedition against Persia. After defeating Darius, he proceeded to Egypt where he founded Alexandria, then turned back into Asia, where he subdued the most powerful nations, and in a span of eleven years conquered almost all of the known world. But, as his fortunes rose, his character deteriorated, and he died unexpectedly at the age of 33. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

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