By Norman F. Cantor
"Alexander's habit used to be conditioned alongside yes lines—heroism, braveness, energy, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."
during this succinct portrait of Alexander the good, distinct student and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public lifestyles 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 newest mental and cultural stories to teach Alexander as he was—a nice determine within the historic international whose perplexing character tremendously fueled his army accomplishments.
He describes Alexander's ambiguous courting along 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 relating 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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This change has been as legitimate as the simultaneous redistribution of national wealth among the inhabitants of every country, but Westerners cannot regard it with satisfaction. It is also not fanciful to discern a psychological reaction of the Near East upon the West. It has been pointed out that Western nationalism, introduced into the Near East, has promoted violence and hate. It now looks as if the Near East were infecting conflicts of nationality in Western Europe with the ferocity and fanaticism which it has imported into its own.
3 Such massacres are only the extreme form of a national struggle between mutually indispensable neighbours, instigated by this fatal Western idea, and carried on unremittingly by the other deadly weapons of expropriation, eviction, hostile interference with education and worship and the use of the mother-tongue, and the refusal of justice in courts of law. The recent history of Macedonia and Western Anatolia has been a reductio ad absurdum of the principle of nationality, and has made grouping of certain indigenous forces in the Ottoman Empire.
She is more permeated than they are with Western education and more dependent economically than any of them on trade with Western countries. In the commercial and social capitals of Western Europe and the United States—London, Paris, Vienna, Manchester, Liverpool, Marseilles, Trieste, New York, Chicago, San Francisco—there are Greek colonies. Many families have lived in the West for several consecutive generations, married into Western families, naturalized as subjects of Western states, sent their children to the best schools of their adopted countries, and become Englishmen, Frenchmen, Austrians, or Americans in everything except a traditional loyalty towards their mother-country.