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Alexander the Great

Jacob Abbott

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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

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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, ac

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 Dariu

During a holiday in Greece I have visited ancient Stageira, Phillipi and seen the Lion in Amphipolis among other things. As central Macedonia interested me originally because of apostle Paul, Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great came as second, so there and then I started to look for somethi

Yeah maybe not so great. And by that I'm referring to the "Great" Alexander.

"Alexander earned well the name and reputation of THE GREAT . He was truly great in all those powers and capacities which can elevate one man above his fellows. We can not help applauding the extraordinary energy of his geni

Though I didn’t know a lot about this man in the past – Alexander always seemed to be a very special character to me. That’s why I picked the book which was first published in 1849!!

Churchill said, “History is written by the victors” – true indeed. Therefore, narrating the stories from such an anci

Though it is a highly factual account of Alexander's life and achievements, the thing I most enjoyed about this book was the exploration of his character and how and why it changed the way it did. At the start of the book, Alexander is said to possess a certain combination of mental and personal att

This is old school history.
Reading this book you will learn what students of history learned about Alexander the Great for thousands of year.
Here you won't find a lot of critical opinions, long story short this is story why Aco the Great is so great.
Fun, kinda educational, nothing special.
Grade 3++

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 it w

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 stated

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