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Alexander the Great: Lessons from History's Undefeated by Bill Yenne

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By Bill Yenne

Invoice Yenne's "Alexander the good" is a part of the "The international Generals Series". Like different books within the sequence, Alexander the good, is written in an easy, chronological demeanour. there's little hypothesis or conjecture via the writer. whilst, historical resources range, Yenne says whatever, Plutarch stated it happend "this manner" yet Nicomedia stated it occurred "this different way."

However, what inspired this reviewer used to be no longer with how a lot old assets differed, yet how comparable was once their telling of the tale. for example, all resources appear to agree as to the identify of Alexander's favourite horse, while entered Babylon, how a ways he marched his military and so forth.

In his telling of the tale of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions among Alexanders' scenario to occasions within the sleek period. those comparasions make the dry evidence (such because the order of conflict) turn into extra attention-grabbing and proper.

To underscore releveance to the fashionable period, Yenne's Alexander the good comes with a brief introdution by way of basic Wesley Clark. Clark wishes the reader to be see how Alexander used to be nice a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he used to be capable of learn "defenses." How, like an exceptional quaterback, he used to be capable of use intution to utilize a severe siutation.

However, as Yenne exhibits us, Alexander the nice used to be even more than a "quaterback." in contrast to many different old, or even glossy, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He used to be additionally an comprehensive engineer; he capable of finding distinct technical strategies to tough tactical sitautions. He used to be additionally fairly a diplomat; he used to be capable of flip enemies into allies. additional, he was once manner sooner than his time culturally. not like different conquerors, he really favored customs no longer his personal. As Yenne indicates us, Alexander was once "great" in lots of methods in addition to being a superb "quaterback."

Scholars may want extra element, yet as just below 2 hundred pages, Yenne's Alexander the good, used to be lengthy adequate to offer the reviewe a transparent figuring out of 1 of the nice personages of background, yet with out an excessive amount of over the top element or scholarly observation.

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Orontobates was killed, but once again, as at Granicus, Memnon got away. Alexander rewarded Ada for her kindness and friendship by restoring her to the throne at Halicarnassus, where she reigned until her death in 326 BC. Installing Ada to rule Halicarnassus was a template for the way that Alexander would rule the areas that he was conquering from the Persian Empire. Though he did not go so far as to accept other former Persian satraps as surrogate parents, he did adopt the Persian practice of satrapies, setting up subservient locals to rule the cities and states that he conquered.

As Justinus writes in his Epitoma Historiarum Philippicarum, or Epitome of Philippic History, this “noble city and seaport . . ” Scythia was the umbrella term used by the Greeks to describe the lands across the vast region of steppes north and east of the Hellenic enclaves on the Black Sea that stretches into Central Asia. Having failed in his initial forays against Byzantium, Philip tried again in 339. While the Macedonian army may have been invincible on the battlefield, besieging fixed targets, such as fortified cities, were still a challenge.

Alexander’s generosity proved to be a recruiting tool. This is another example of Alexander’s being ahead of his time and of his thinking outside the confines of the box of traditional practices. Arguably, the most important of Alexander’s leadership traits was his ability to inspire. Arrian writes of other interactions between Alexander and his men as they too contemplated the smallness of their army. He tells us that “lest dismay should fall upon his men, he rode round among his troops, and addressed those of each nation in an appropriate speech.

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