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The Resource Alexander the Great : journey to the end of the earth, Norman F. Cantor, with Dee Ranieri

Alexander the Great : journey to the end of the earth, Norman F. Cantor, with Dee Ranieri

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Alexander the Great : journey to the end of the earth
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Alexander the Great
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journey to the end of the earth
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Norman F. Cantor, with Dee Ranieri
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  • One hesitates to question the decision to publish this biography owing to its author's credentials—Cantor was professor emeritus of history, sociology, and comparative literature at NYU before dying in 2004. Here, he wishes to consider four preeminent recent historians of Alexander: A.B. Bosworth, Robin Lane Fox, N.G.L. Hammond, and Peter Green, but early on he drifts into the treacherous topic of Alexander's personality. Readers are offered a Freudian rationalization of Alexander's relationship with his mother and father that claims Alexander was the “classic paradigm of an Oedipus complex.” Furthermore, Cantor notes that “Alexander's sex life and sexual proclivities have always been the subject of much conjecture” and proceeds to add his own, while admitting that Alexander was not atypical of his age and environment. Ultimately, the question is this: does scholarship need a chapter titled “How 'Great' Was Alexander?”, which is too brief an effort to consider the modern scholarship stated in the beginning as the main focus of the work. That discussion might have been more effective at the onset so that readers could understand better the difficulties facing historians of that pivotal period. An optional purchase. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/04.]—Clay Williams, Hunter Coll., New York --Clay Williams (Reviewed December 15, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 20, p140)
  • Bestselling historian Cantor (Antiquity, 2003, etc.) provides a fantasy-free study of the richly gifted, seriously flawed Macedonian whose dozen years of military conquests yielded immortality.His assessment of Alexander's personal proclivities may well underscore why the recent Hollywood offering directed by Oliver Stone, similarly frank with regard to sex, failed to win audiences. Though Cantor calls Alexander "undoubtedly bisexual" and cites his several wives, in the end the author concludes that Alexander "had a lifelong gay lover" and had almost nothing to do with women. Cantor stresses in the same breath that the pre-Christian world, unlike today's box office, would have assigned no stigma to bedroom liaisons with juvenile male prostitutes. Of the many sources he cites, including Roman archivists, all affirm Alexander's personal courage and martial genius. During his brief but spectacular tenure (336–23 b.c.) as ruler of Macedonia and field commander of its armed forces, he combined verve with military cunning. The author contends, however, that Alexander's initial defeat of Persia, which provided him both the impetus for further subjugation and the treasury to pay the thousands of mercenaries who marched with him, was abetted by King Darius's failure to take the Macedonian threat seriously. Darius could have assembled a force so numerically superior as to be unbeatable, but he didn't. Thus Alexander's push all the way to India became legend, and part of the glory that was Greece as resurrected and codified mostly by British Victorians. Not bad, Cantor implies, for a merciless militarist who once killed a close friend while in a drunken stupor and probably died clinically insane.Well informed, chatty and opinionated. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2005)
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Cantor, Norman F
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Ranieri, Dee
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Alexander the Great : journey to the end of the earth, Norman F. Cantor, with Dee Ranieri
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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583114
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pages cm
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9780060570125
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2004059925
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unmediated
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