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The Death of Alexander the Great (Hardback)

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World

Imprint: Carroll & Graf
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9780786713400
Published: 31st December 2004
Casemate UK Academic


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Paul Doherty is well known for his investigations of ancient conspiracies with recent books on the murders of Tutankhamun and Edward II. He now turns his attention to Alexander the Great. Beginning with an exhaustive selection of suspects, Doherty sets the scene with a lively picture of the hard-drinking and murderous culture of the Macedonian court. Alexander's character (and flaws) is carefully reconstructed from ancient accounts, extracts from which are scattered throughout. Of particular interest is Paul Doherty's insightful investigation of Alexander's personality and how he was regarded by his Companions. Doherty suggests that Alexander `believed he owned them body and soul' but that he had no regard for their lives. When his favourite Hephaestion died, none of Alexander's Companions were safe from his rage and Alexander's days were numbered. At the end Alexander was paranoid; arguably, deservedly so. Alexander's speedy and agonising death is described in detail and Doherty presents his theories. This is an extremely accessible and scholarly analysis of a true puzzle.

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