The History of Alexander

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Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius' History offers a great deal of information unobtainable from other sources of the time. A compelling narrative of a turbulent era, the work recounts events on a heroic scale, detailing court intrigue, stirring speeches and brutal battles - among them, those of Macedonia's great war with Persia, which was to culminate in Alexander's final triumph over King Darius and the defeat of an ancient and mighty empire. It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth.
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About the author

Quintus Curtius Rufus, the Roman historian, wrote the only life in Latin of Alexander the Great. The author's identity and the date of composition of the work have been the subject of great debate. However, the evidence of recent years suggests he was a soldier and politician who rose from obscurity to a senatorial role under Tiberius (AD 14-37). However, the fall of the emperor's chief minister, Sejanus, brought his political career temporarily to an end and he turned to writing.


John Yardley was born in 1942 and educated at St Andrews and Oxford Universities. He is now Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Waldemar Heckel is now a Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada. His books include The Last Days and Testament of Alexander the Great: A Prosopographic Study and The Marshals of Alexander's Empire.

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Publisher
Penguin UK
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Published on
Apr 28, 2005
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780141914343
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Historical
History / Ancient / General
History / Ancient / Greece
Literary Collections / Ancient & Classical
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This content is DRM protected.
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 Quintus Curtius was a rhetorician that lived in the first century of the Roman Empire, who wrote a history of Alexander the Great, one of the five extant works on the legendry Macedonian king. Composed in a concise yet picturesque style, this short historical work tells the fascinating story of a man whose exploits continue to astound after more than two millennia. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin texts.  This comprehensive eBook presents Curtius’ complete extant text, with relevant illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Curtius’ work

* Features the complete extant text of Curtius, in both English translation and the original Latin

* Includes J. C. Rolfe’s translation, previously appearing in the Loeb Classical Library edition

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Easily locate the books you want to read with individual contents tables

* Provides a special dual English and Latin text, allowing readers to compare the sections paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students

* Features a bonus biography – discover Curtius’ ancient world and text

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to explore our range of Ancient Classics titles or buy the entire series as a Super Set


CONTENTS:


The Translation

HISTORY OF ALEXANDER


The Latin Text

CONTENTS OF THE LATIN TEXT


The Dual Text

DUAL LATIN AND ENGLISH TEXT


The Biography

INTRODUCTION TO QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS by J. C. Rolfe


Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles


 Quintus Curtius was a rhetorician that lived in the first century of the Roman Empire, who wrote a history of Alexander the Great, one of the five extant works on the legendry Macedonian king. Composed in a concise yet picturesque style, this short historical work tells the fascinating story of a man whose exploits continue to astound after more than two millennia. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin texts.  This comprehensive eBook presents Curtius’ complete extant text, with relevant illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Curtius’ work

* Features the complete extant text of Curtius, in both English translation and the original Latin

* Includes J. C. Rolfe’s translation, previously appearing in the Loeb Classical Library edition

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Easily locate the books you want to read with individual contents tables

* Provides a special dual English and Latin text, allowing readers to compare the sections paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students

* Features a bonus biography – discover Curtius’ ancient world and text

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to explore our range of Ancient Classics titles or buy the entire series as a Super Set


CONTENTS:


The Translation

HISTORY OF ALEXANDER


The Latin Text

CONTENTS OF THE LATIN TEXT


The Dual Text

DUAL LATIN AND ENGLISH TEXT


The Biography

INTRODUCTION TO QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS by J. C. Rolfe


Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles


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