By J M O'Brien

ISBN-10: 0415106176

ISBN-13: 9780415106177

Regardless of Alexander the Great's remarkable accomplishments, over the past seven years of his existence, this indomitable warrior grew to become more and more unpredictable, sporadically violent, megalomaniacal, and suspicious of buddies in addition to enemies. What may have brought on this kind of lamentable transformation?This biography seeks to respond to that question by way of assessing the position of alcohol in Alexander the Great's lifestyles, utilizing the determine of Dionysus as an emblem of its harmful results on his psyche. the original technique hired during this booklet explores quite a few points of Alexander's lifestyles whereas retaining an historic framework. The exposition of the most subject matter is dealt with in this kind of means that the biography will attract basic readers in addition to students.

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For instance, in southern Asia Minor in 334, Alexander, then in his early twenties, was offered the services of some of the most accomplished chefs of that region. The king’s response “was that he did not need them, because his tutor Leonidas had provided him with better cooks than these, that is a night march to prepare him for breakfast, and a light breakfast to give him an appetite for supper. 76 Olympias seems to have recommended a harsh taskmaster who treated the boy as if he were a little man, and Alexander’s tutelage under Leonidas may have had a profound effect on him in later years.

And while Philip only flirted with deification, Alexander arranged to have divine cult offered to him during his lifetime. some day let them say of him He is better by far than his father (Il. 479) OLYMPIAS AND ALEXANDER Alexander followed in Philip’s footsteps with such spectacular success that he escaped the anonymity with which children of famous parents are ordinarily burdened. 38 This iron-willed woman did everything in her power to protect her son’s interests and advance his career. She helped to instill in the boy the conviction that he would become an overwhelming success in his own right.

13). 43 Nonetheless, we know for certain that she was the orphaned daughter of Neoptolemus, the late king of Epirus. 44 As a royal princess she proved to be a valuable pawn in the political game of marriage. 45 Philip arranged for a betrothal soon after their initial encounter. This seems to have occurred in the mid-to-late 360s, when Philip was no more than 20 and THE COMING OF AGE IN MACEDONIA 13 Olympias barely past pubescence. Their marriage took place several years later, probably in 357, when Olympias was 18 or so and Philip in his mid-twenties.

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