Alexander the Great: Man and God

Alexander the Great: Man and God

Alexander the Great: Man and God

Alexander the Great: Man and God


Alexander the Great conquered territories on a superhuman scale and established an empire that stretched from Greece to India. He spread Greek culture and education throughout his empire, and was worshipped as a living god by many of his subjects. But how great is a leader responsible for the deaths on tens of thousands of people? A ruler who prefers constant warring to administering the peace? A man who believed he was a god, who murdered his friends, and recklessly put his soldiers lives at risk?

Ian Worthington delves into Alexander's successes and failures, his paranoia, the murders he engineered, his megalomania, and his constant drinking. It presents a king corrupted by power and who, for his own personal ends, sacrificed the empire his father had fought to establish.


In the preface to my earlier biography of Alexander (see next page) I thanked many people, and I would like to express my gratitude once again to all of them.

I am especially indebted to Heather McCallum at Pearson, who first suggested a paperback version of this biography and then allowed me to revise the book and to add material. I am also grateful to her and to Pearson for contracting me to write a biography of Alexander’s relatively neglected father, Philip II, to appear in 2005.

Finally, I am delighted to be able to dedicate this book to my daughter Rosie. Like her brother, she burst into the world two days late, but about two months too late to be named in the hardback book.

Ian Worthington University of Missouri-Columbia May 2004 . . .

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