By Norman F. Cantor
"Alexander's habit was once conditioned alongside sure lines—heroism, braveness, power, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."
during this succinct portrait of Alexander the good, extraordinary student and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public lifestyles and army conquests of this so much mythical of guys. Cantor attracts from the main writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the latest mental and cultural stories to teach Alexander as he was—a nice determine within the old global whose perplexing character vastly 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 battle, as his version. eventually, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself with regards 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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Also Michell (above, n. 13), pp. 188--9; P. Roussel, Spartt (Paris, 1960), p. 78. 49. Lye. 9; cf. also in n. 39 above, especially Schol. to Aristoph. Plut. 279. On the other hand the most conspicuous example of a dance regarded at Sparta as worthy of freemen is the pyrrhic/ii, a dance of warlike character; sec Athcn. 630D-E; 631C. 50. See above, n. 36. er. alsoj. Ducat, 'Le mepris des Hilotes', Annalts ~C 30 ( 1974), pp. 1455-8, who underlined the role of buffoons assigned to the helots: 'Jes Hilotes jouaient le rOle de "fous,,, de bouffons involontaircs'.
XLVll 1-3; XLVlll 1 and 3; XLIX 1-2. 62. Dickins (above, n. 41 }, pp. 176; 183-5. g. Dickins pl. LVII I. For specimens of the entirely grotesque, sec pls. LVII 2; LVIII 3. See also below, n. 64. 63. Most of the masks actually belong to the sixth century, but some of them can be traced back to the early seventh, and the lowest chronological limit is the mid-third century; see Dickins (above, n. 41), pp. 164-6; cf. F. Fitzhardinge, TM Spartans (London, 1980), p. 55. 64. g. Dickins (above, n. 41), pp.
15. er. F. Ollier, Xtnophon, la ripuhliqzu dts Lacidimonitns (Lyon, 1934), p. 33. 16. The interdiction oflaughter in primitive ritual is often accompanied by the interdiction of speech, sleep, food and looking around, elements which arc to a certain extent reminiscent of the Spartan experience. For these interdictions, see the analysis of V. Ja. Propp, Edipo al/a luct dtl folc/ort (Torino, 1975), pp. 51-4 = Theory and history of folk/ort (Manchester, 1984), pp. 12~3 l (hereafter referred to as Edipo and Folklore respectively).
Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth by Norman F. Cantor