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Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge. Tells Alexander's life story and explains explains why he is endlessly fascinating.
Alexander the Great by Lewis V. Cummings. Comprehensive biography of a brilliant and tyrannical leader.
Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt. This biography judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his age and considers his contradictions.
Alexander the Great: Son of the Gods by Alan Fildes and Joann Fletcher. Among the topics covered are Alexander's relationship with his father, the influence of his mother, his brilliant leadership, and his daily life. Illustrated.
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox. Biography that focuses on the real, living Alexander, an impatient man of passionate ambitions.
Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman. Biography of the Macedonian king who became a great conqueror and influenced the course of history.
Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great by F. S. Naiden. Religion permeated Alexander's career. In Egypt he became a god. Babylon surrendered to him because he agreed to become a sacred king. This biography focuses on Alexander and religion.
Alexander the Great: Lessons From History's Undefeated General by Bill Yenne. Biography. By the time of his death in 323 BC at age 32, Alexander had united Greece and created a vast empire. He ruled as both shah of Persia and pharaoh of Egypt by right of conquest. He was also crowned king of Asia.
Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend by Richard Stoneman. Drawing on earlier biographies and newly unearthed evidence, this book reveals Alexander as a brilliant and ruthless commander who came to believe in his own myth.
Alexander the Great: Legacy of a Conqueror by Winthrop Lindsay Adams. Biography.
More Books About Alexander
The Madness of Alexander the Great: And the Myth of Military Genius by Richard A Gabriel. Argues that, while Alexander was clearly a successful soldier-adventurer, the evidence of real greatness is not there.
Alexander the Great: A New History edited by Waldemar Heckel and Lawrence A. Tritle. Experts look at Alexander's religious views, sexuality, legacy, and portrayals in Hollywood films.
Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction edited by A. B. Bosworth and E. J. Baynham. Ten essays by leading scholars in the field of Alexander studies.
Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life by Thomas R. Martin and Christopher W. Blackwell. This biography explains what made Alexander "Great" according to the people and expectations of his time and place.
Collected Papers on Alexander the Great by Ernst Badian. Essays and articles portraying Alexander as a ruthless killer and perhaps even an incompetent imperialist.
Alexander the Great: Themes and Issues by Edward M. Anson. Examines the conqueror's career through the major issues surrounding his reign. What were Alexander's ultimate ambitions? Why did he pursue his own deification? Did he actually change the world?
Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions by Frank L. Holt. Explores how Alexander promoted the perception that he enjoyed divine favor and commanded even the forces of nature against his enemies.
The Legend of Alexander the Great on Greek and Roman Coins by Karsten Dahmen. Examines portraits and representations of Alexander on ancient Greek and Roman coins (c.320 BC to AD 400).
The Life of Alexander the Great As Narrated by King Alfonso X, edited by Joseph Abraham Levi. Biography of Alexander by a Spanish king.
Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth by Norman F. Cantor. This biography draws from the writings of Alexander's contemporaries and recent psychological studies to show Alexander as he was -- a great figure whose puzzling personality fueled his military accomplishments.
Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness by Guy MacLean Rogers. In his day he was revered as a god; in our day he has been reviled as a mass murderer. This biography sifts through history and myth to uncover the truth about this complex genius.
Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy by John Maxwell O'Brien. A biography which presents Alexander as an alcoholic whose drinking had a profound impact on his life.
The Nature of Alexander by Mary Renault. A biography that examines Alexander's character and motives.
Alexander the Great: Man and God by Ian Worthington. Account of Alexander's colorful but ultimately destructive life.
Alexander: Invincible King of Macedonia by Peter G. Tsouras. Biography from the Brassey's Military Profiles series.
Alexander the Fabulous: The Man Who Brought the World to Its Knees by Michael Alvear. Humorous account of Alexander the Great, his boyfriends, his tendency to sulk, and his drama queen inclinations. Filled with examples from Alexander's life to show Alexander in a new light.
In the Absence of Alexander: Harpalus and the Failure of of Macedonian Authority by Christopher Blackwell. Harpalus was a childhood friend of Alexander who became the king's treasurer. He embezzeled from the treasury and fled to Greece, where he was eventually murdered.
Alexander the Great: Myth, Genesis and Sexuality by Daniel Ogden. Investigates issues as diverse as Alexander's relationship with his wife Barsine; the mythology behind accounts of his siring by a thunderbolt or giant snake; representation of Alexander's mother as a witch; and Alexander's homosexual engagement with Hephaestion.
Alexander's Lovers by Andrew Michael Chugg. Discusses Alexander's romantic relationships with his friend Hephaistion, his queen Roxane, his mistress Barsine, and Bagoas the Eunuch.
Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great by A. B. Bosworth. Explores the process and consequences of Alexander's campaigns, focusing on the effect of his monarchy upon the world.
Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction by Pierre Briant, translated by Amélie Kuhrt. The first publication in English of Briant's classic history of Alexander's conquest of the Persian empire, considered in the context of ancient Near Eastern history and Alexander's Macedonian background.
Alexander the Great Failure: The Collapse of the Macedonian Empire by John D. Grainger. According to the author, Alexander's arrogance caused his own premature death and the destruction of his empire.
Alexander the Great: King, Commander and Statesman by N.G.L. Hammond. Biography of a man who changed the face of the world in just 13 years.
Alexander the Great by Ulrich Wilcken. A study of Alexander the Great as a conqueror. Focuses on Alexander's achievements and influence.
Envy of the Gods: Alexander the Great's Ill-Fated Journey Across Asia by John Prevas. Few people know the full story of Alexander's decline and fall as he sought to bring the most remote areas of the Persian empire under his control. The author personally retraced of much of Alexander's route through what is now Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Alexander the Great: Murder in Babylon by Graham Phillips. Presents forensic evidence that Alexander was poisoned by a member of his court. The author discusses eight prime suspects, uncovering a maze of sexual intrigue and tragedy.
In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great by David Grant. The five surviving accounts of Alexander the Great's death are often contradictory. This book delves into the forgeries and biased historians, Alexander's own mercurial personality, and the careers and the wars of his successors.
Death of Alexander the Great: What or Who Really Killed the Young Conqueror of the Known World? by Paul Doherty. Did Alexander die of alcoholism, a hideous bout of malaria, or were other factors involved?
The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great by Andrew Michael Chugg. The disappearance of the tomb of Alexander the Great is a tantalizing mystery.
Unearthing the Family of Alexander the Great: The Remarkable Discovery of the Royal Tombs of Macedon by David Grant. Written in close cooperation with the investigating archaeologists, anthropologists, and scientists.
Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire by Robin Waterfield. Alexander the Great's death triggered 40 bloody years of warfare. While men fought on the field, women such as Alexander's mother, Olympias, schemed from their palaces.
Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire by James Romm. Alexander left behind a mentally damaged half brother and a posthumous son as his only heirs. Both became kings, and pawns of Macedonian generals.
Before and After Alexander: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great by Richard A. Billows. Explores the years preceding Alexander, who relied on the foundation laid by his father, Philip II; and the years following Alexander's death, when many capable leaders carved out kingdoms for themselves.
Antipater's Dynasty: Alexander the Great's Regent and His Successors by John D. Grainger. After Alexander's death, Antipater became regent of his mentally impaired half-brother (Philip III Arrhideus) and infant son (Alexander IV).
The Rise of the Seleukid Empire (323-223 BC): Seleukos I to Seleukos III by John D. Grainger. Seleukos, an officer in an elite guard unit, emerged from the wars of Alexander's successors in control of the largest and richest part of the empire.
The Seleukid Empire of Antiochus III (223-187 BC) by John D. Grainger. Having emerged from civil war as the sole survivor of the Seleukid dynasty, Antiochus III shouldered the burdens of a weakened and divided realm.
The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire by Paul J. Kosmin. The Seleucid Empire (311-64 BCE) stretched from present-day Bulgaria to Tajikistan, the bulk of Alexander the Great's Asian conquests. This book maps the Seleucid kings' travels and studies the cities they founded.
Seleukid Royal Women: Creation, Representation and Distortion of Hellenistic Queenship in the Seleukid Empire edited by Altay Coskun and Alex McAuley. Scholars examine how royal women of the Seleucid dynasty were represented in visual and textual media.
Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men Who Would Be King by Boris Chrubasik. Kings and would-be kings were in constant competition to win support from cities and armies.
Alexander's Legacy: To the Strongest by Robert Fabbri. As his final breaths fade, Alexander the Great refuses to name a successor. A ruthless battle for the throne begins. (First book in a series.)
The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World by Frank L. Holt. Although Alexander owed his vast fortune to war, battle also distracted him from managing his spoils. Much was wasted, embezzled, or deliberately destroyed.
Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient by Vincent Barletta. Alexander the Great lived more than seventeen centuries before the onset of Iberian expansion into Muslim Africa and Asia, but his story sowed the seeds of the empire and foreshadowed its decline.
Alexander in Legend
Alexander the Great in the Roman Empire, 150 BC to AD 600 by Jaakkojuhani Peltonen. How stories of Alexander were used in antiquity to promote certain policies, religious views, and value systems.
Alexander the Great in the Persian Tradition: History, Myth and Legend in Medieval Iran by Haila Manteghi. How Alexander became as central to the Persian tradition as any other hero or king.
The Medieval Romance of Alexander: The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander the Great edited by Jehan Wauquelin, translated by Nigel Bryant. This compendium, written for the Burgundian court in the mid-15nth century, draws together the major Alexander medieval romances.
Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages: Transcultural Perspectives edited by Markus Stock. Essays on the legends about Alexander the Great that were told throughout Europe, India, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire by Pierre Briant, translated by Nicholas Elliott. In the minds of 18th-century intellectuals, Alexander was a civilizing force whose conquests revitalized Asian lands that had lain stagnant under despotic rulers.
Art, Literature, Film
Alexander the Great: From His Death to the Present Day by John Boardman. How Alexander has been represented in art and literature through the ages.
Alexander the Great From Britain to Southeast Asia: Peripheral Empires in the Global Renaissance by Su Fang Ng. Examines parallel traditions of the Alexander Romance in Britain and Southeast Asia.
Alexander the Great in the Early Christian Tradition: Classical Reception and Patristic Literature by Christian Thrue Djurslev. Early Christian writings on Alexander provide a lens to view the shaping of church literature and thought.
Medieval Narratives of Alexander the Great: Transnational Texts in England and France by Venetia Bridges. This study considers Alexander narratives in Latin, French and English between 1150 and 1350.
Responses to Oliver Stone's Alexander: Film, History, and Cultural Studies edited by Paul Cartledge and Fiona Rose Greenland. Scholars in Macedonian and Greek history, Persian culture, film studies, classical literature, and archaeology consider the film.
Philip & Alexander: Kings and Conquerors by Adrian Goldsworthy. Philip of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great, transformed a weak kingdom into a globe-spanning empire, changing the course of history.
Philip II of Macedonia by Ian Worthington. Biography of Alexander the Great's accomplished father, whose stormy relationship with his son may have ended in murder.
By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire by Ian Worthington. A military narrative of the reigns of father and son, showing how Philip was the architect of the empire.
Philip II of Macedonia: Greater Than Alexander by Richard A. Gabriel. This book establishes Philip's place in military history, which has been largely minimized in favor of his son, Alexander the Great.
Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives edited by Elizabeth Carney and Daniel Ogden. Articles about the careers, impact, and relationship of the two rulers.
From Heracles to Alexander: Treasures From the Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy by Angeliki Kottaridi. Archaeological objects from the excavation and restoration of the palace of Philip II.
Eurydice and the Birth of Macedonian Power by Elizabeth Donnelly Carney. Biography. Eurydice (c.410-340s BC) was the wife of Amyntas III, the mother of Philip II and two other kings of Macedonia, and grandmother of Alexander the Great.
Philip in Fiction
Bloodline of Kings: A Novel of Philip of Macedon by Thomas Sundell. Novel about Alexander the Great's father.
The Macedonian by Nicolas Guild. A fictional account of the life of Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, who conquered an unprecedented number of city-states.
Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault. A novel about Alexander's youth by a talented, entertaining, and meticulously accurate writer. Definitely worth reading.
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault. Novel about the adult Alexander's relationship with a eunuch who was his servant.
Funeral Games by Mary Renault. Novel about what happened after Alexander's death. His heirs were two unborn sons and a simpleton half-brother. Wives, distant relatives, and generals vied for the loyalty of the Macedonian army.
Alexander: God of War by Christian Cameron. The story of Alexander the Great, narrated by his boyhood friend Ptolemy.
Empire of Ashes: A Novel of Alexander the Great by Nicolas Nicastro. The great Alexander is dead. Machon - the late emperor's friend - is being scapegoated for his downfall. On trial for his life, Machon tells his accusers the tragic truth behind Alexander's rise and fall.
Alexander: Child of a Dream by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, translated by Iain Halliday. First novel in a trilogy about Alexander's life. Followed by the sequels Alexander: The Sands of Ammon and Alexander: The Ends of the Earth.
The Conqueror's Wife by Stephanie Thornton. A novel about the women in Alexander the Great's life, including his half-sister Thessalonike and his wife Roxana.
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon. A novel about legendary philosopher Aristotle and his most famous pupil, Alexander the Great.
The Conqueror by Judith E. French. A romance novel about Alexander the Great and his bride Roxanne.
Bring Down the Sun by Judith Tarr. Fantasy novel based on the life of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great.
The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great by Steven Pressfield. Plunges the reader into battle with Alexander the Great, providing a glimpse into the mind of history's greatest conqueror, and plenty of authentic detail about ancient warfare. Little attention is given to Alexander's life off the battlefield, but this book is a treat for fans of military fiction.
The Afghan Campaign: A Novel by Steven Pressfield. Military fiction. Matthias, a young infantryman in the army of Alexander the Great, tells the story of Alexander's invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C.
Alexander the Great: The Brief Life and Towering Exploits of History's Greatest Conqueror edited by Tania Gergel. Selections from the writings of Alexander's original biographers -- Arrian, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius Rufus.
The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, translated by Aubrey De Selincourt. Arrian was a second century Greek historian whose work about Alexander, Anabasis, was based on the writings of two of Alexander's generals.
The Landmark Arrian edited by James Romm. An illustrated edition of Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander the most authoritative ancient account of Alexander. Illustrated.
The History of Alexander by Quintus Curtius Rufus, translated by John Yardley, is a classic account of Alexander's life.
Justin: Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus: Books 11-12: Alexander the Great by Marcus Junianus Justinus, translated by John Yardley. The second/third century Roman historian Justin's abridged version of the Philippic History by Pompeius Trogus (27 BC-AD 14). Books 13-15, about Alexander's successors, is also available.
Plutarch's Lives: Demosthenes and Cicero, Alexander and Caesar by Plutarch. Plutarch's biography compares Alexander to Caesar.
The Library, Books 16-20: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Successors by Diodorus of Sicily, translated by Robin Waterfield. The Greek historian Diodorus Siculu is an important source of information on Alexander, his father, and the turbulent decades after Alexander's death.
Alexander the Great: Historical Texts in Translation by Waldemar Heckel and J. C. Yardley. New translations of the most important ancient writings on Alexander, arranged so that the reader can compare different reports of the same events.
Alexander the Great: The Unique History of Quintus Curtius by Elizabeth Baynham explores the motivations of ancient writers about Alexander.
From Arrian to Alexander: Studies in Historical Interpretation by A.B. Bosworth. Bosworth is also the author of A Historical Commentary on Arrian's History of Alexander (Volume 1), and A Historical Commentary on Arrian's History of Alexander (Volume 2).
Alexander the Great: A Reader edited by Ian Worthington. A guide for undergraduates showing the problems of the ancient source material on Alexander. The 11 thematic chapters contain a broad selection of the most significant published articles, and translate a substantial number of the more inaccessible primary sources.
Three Historians of Alexander the Great by N. G. L. Hammond. Provides an in-depth study of the three earliest accounts of Alexander the Great, showing that the authors used multiple and varied sources.
The Lost Book of Alexander the Great by Andrew Young. Ptolemy Lagides served alongside Alexander and gained control of Egypt after Alexander's death. He wrote a history of Alexander's conquests which has not survived. This book explores later writings which may include the words of Ptolemy.
Alexander the Great: An Illustrated Military History by Nigel Rodgers. Covers the rise of Macedonia; the battles, campaigns and tactics of Alexander; and the collapse of his empire after his early death. More than 250 pictures.
Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art of War from the Earliest Times to the Battle of Ipsus, 301 BC by Theodore Ayrault Dodge. A classic of military history.
Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army by Donald W. Engels.
The Generalship of Alexander the Great by J. F. C. Fuller.
Alexander the Great, Killer of Men by David J. Lonsdale. Explores Alexander's military strategy and fighting techniques.
The Conquests of Alexander the Great by Waldemar Heckel. Emphasizes the aims and impact of Alexander's military expeditions, as well as the political consequences.
Alexander the Great at War: His Army - His Battles - His Enemies by Ruth Sheppard. Examines all of Alexander's campaigns, describing his armies, generalship, and tactics. With numerous maps, photographs, and full-color artwork.
Alexander the Great at the Battle of Granicus: A Campaign in Context by Rupert Matthews. Alexander was just 20 when he led his army into battle at Granicus. This book explain the events of the battle and the context in which it took place.
The Army of Alexander the Great by Nick Sekunda. With artwork, maps, and diagrams.
Alexander 334-323 BC: Conquest of the Persian Empire by John Warry.
The Macedonian Empire: The Era of Warfare Under Philip II and Alexander the Great, 359-323 B.C by James R. Ashley. Examines the 11 great armies and three great navies of the era, along with some of their operations and logistics, and each campaign and significant battle fought by Phillip and Alexander. (This review © Amazon.com.)
Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan by Frank L. Holt. Alexander led the most sophisticated army of its day into the treacherous world of Afghanistan's tribal warlords. This book describes those grueling campaigns and the impact they had on Alexander, his generals, their troops, and the world.
Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership by Barry Strauss. Explains the qualities three great generals shared, from ambition and judgment to leadership itself, and draws lessons that apply on and off the battlefield.
Alexander the Great in His World by Carol G. Thomas. Places Alexander within the context of his time, place, culture, and ancestry to discover what influences shaped his life and career.
In the Path of Conquest: Resistance to Alexander the Great by Waldemar Heckel. Looks at Alexander's conquests from the vantage point of the defeated and reassesses Darius III's successes and failures as a commander.
Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great: Prosopography of Alexander's Empire by Waldemar Heckel. Contains over 800 concise biographies, from leading commanders in Alexander's army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire. (Currently out of print and very expensive.)
Cities of Alexander the Great by P. M. Fraser. Alexander founded a great many cities, including Alexandria in northern Egypt.
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia by Michael Wood. Filmmaker and journalist Michael Wood has retraced Alexander's journey - by car, on horseback and camel, by boat, and on foot. The documentary is also available.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Life and Times of Alexander the Great by John Bankston. Biography of a king who spread democracy.
The Conquests of Alexander the Great by Alison Behnke. Includes a timeline and glossary.
Alexander the Great: World Conqueror by Michael Burgan. Biography.
Alexander the Great by Fiona MacDonald. Describes the world as it was in Alexander's time.
Alexander the Great by Demi. An illustrated look at the life of the man who conquered most of the known Greek world by the age of 32. For ages 9 to 12.
Alexander the Great by Robert Green. A biography.
Alexander the Great: Ancient King & Conqueror by Katie Marsico.
Alexander the Great: Conqueror of the Ancient World by Tom McGowen. Biography.
The Story of Alexander the Great by Sofia Zarabouka. Biography that combines stories from history and legend.
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World by Doug Wilhelm. Biography from the "Wicked History" series.
Alexander the Great: A Novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. Fiction for young readers.
Alexander the Great: The Life of a King and Conqueror by Rob Shone, Anita Ganeri, Chris Odgers. A graphic novel for children ages 9 to 12.
You Wouldn't Want to Be in Alexander the Great's Army: Miles You'd Rather Not March by Jacqueline Morley, illustrated by David Antram. For children ages 9 to 12.
For Young Adults
Alexander the Great by Samuel Willard Crompton. Describes Alexander's life and accomplishments.
Alexander the Great: Conqueror of the Known World by Don Nardo. Biography for young adult readers.
Empire of Alexander the Great by Pamela Dell and Debra Skelton.
Alexander the Great by John Gunther. Biography.
I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts. Novel for young adult readers about Bucephalus, famous horse of Alexander the Great.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
The True Story of Alexander the Great. This History Channel documentary takes viewers to the Greek locations of Alexander's youth and the battlefields where he fought. Alexander's signature battle plans are demonstrated using re-enactors and state-of-the art computer graphics.
Alexander. Colin Farrell plays Alexander the Great and Angelina Jolie plays his mother(!) in this 2004 movie directed by Oliver Stone.
Alexander the Great: Battle of Issus. Re-enactment of the battle. Sometimes available at Amazon.
Alexander the Great. 1956 movie starring Richard Burton, Frederic March, and Claire Bloom.
Plutarch's Life of Alexander