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Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1976
Availability: In Stock
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Although written over four hundred years after Alexanders death, Arrians Campaigns of Alexander is the most reliable account of the man and his achievements we have. Arrians own experience as a military commander gave him unique insights into the life of the worlds greatest conqueror. He tells of Alexanders violent suppression of the Theban rebellion, his total defeat of Persia, and his campaigns through Egypt, India and Babylon establishing new cities and destroying others in his path. While Alexander emerges from this record as an unparalleled and charismatic leader, Arrian succeeds brilliantly in creating an objective and fully rounded portrait of a man of boundless ambition, who was exposed to the temptations of power and worshipped as a god in his own lifetime.
Aubrey de Sélincourts vivid translation is accompanied by J. R. Hamiltons introduction, which discusses Arrians life and times, his synthesis of other classical sources and the composition of Alexanders army. The edition also includes maps, a list for further reading and a detailed index.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Aubrey de Sélincourt, scholar and translator, translated Livys The Early History of Rome (Books IV) and The War with Hannibal (Books XXIXXX), The Histories of Herodotus and The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, all for the Penguin Classics. He was born in 1896 and educated at Rugby, and University College, Oxford. A schoolmaster of genius for twenty-six years, he retired in 1947 to the Isle of Wight, where he lived until his death in 1962.