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Alexander the Great

Jacob Abbott

Book Overview: 

Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military commanders in history, and was undefeated in battle. By the time of his death, he had conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks.

Alexander the Great is one of many biographies aimed at young people written by Jacob Abbott and his brother. The biographies are written in such a way that makes them appealing and easily accessible to everyone.

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. . .ng with him his vast stores of frost and snow, over the southern valleys and plains. He had wings, a long beard, and white locks, all powdered with flakes of snow. Instead of feet, his body terminated in tails of serpents, which, as he flew along, lashed the air, writhing from under his robes. He was violent and impetuous in temper, rejoicing in the devastation of winter, and in all the sublime phenomena of tempests, cold, and snow. The Greek conception of Boreas made an impression upon the human mind that twenty centuries have not been able to efface. The north wind of winter is personified as Boreas to the present day in the literature of every nation of the Western world.

Contest among the mountains.
The loaded wagons.

The Thracian forces had assembled in the defiles, [Pg 61]with other troops from the northern countries, to arrest Alexander's march, and he had some difficulty in repelling them. They had got, it is said, some sort of loaded wagons upon . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I would say that this is the best book that I have read up to date in this year. The author was quite successful in bringing about the chronological events of Alexander, right from his birth to his death, in very simple English, that could be understood by people who yearn to learn about history,...more

This was very interesting. I had no idea that Alexander was such an unpleasant person on top of being the conqueror of just about the whole known world. The only decent people, as far as I could tell, were the old general he had murdered on what appears to be an utterly ridiculous pretext, and Da...more

Moral of the story: don't get drunk and kill your friends. Aside from the unusual grammar lessons, it was a good general review of Alexander the Great's conquests and demise.

nothing to say I read it to learn about Alexander 3

Alexander earned well the name and reputation of the Great.
One cannot help applauding the extraordinary energy of his genius, though at times it feels like one shall condemn the selfish and cruel ends to which his life was devoted.
For me, i would consider him a robber. Robber on so vast a scale,...more

While this isn't a page-turner, it wasn't a grind. There was a see-saw of "I knew this" and "Didn't know that" facts. I knew that Aristotle was Alexander's tutor. I didn't know that Demosthenes was a vociferous enemy of Philip of Macedon and of Alexander.

Rank and file is a familiar phrase, but i...more

Alexander was a great man in everything but his character which deteriorated in the later part of his years. He even died a common death. The book exposes the reader to the historical facts of Alexander's life in an interesting way and the ones that were more of a legend were inconspicuously stat...more

Greatness comes at a price. This is what we can learn from the biography of Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott, if we only had one short sentence to review the book. There are many biographies written about Alexander the Great and each has a different focus. Jacob Abbott decided to keep it relat...more

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