Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Kenneth W. Harl
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Alexander the Great - one of the most renowned figures in antiquity - has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary?
Go beyond the myth and learn about the man who changed the face of the ancient world and laid the foundation for the great traditions of the Roman Empire - all in fewer than 12 years. These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.
Through this detailed portrait, you'll go beyond the legends and the myths to truly understand what made Alexander great. Along the way, several Alexanders emerge: the military general, Macedonian king, Persian emperor, Egyptian pharaoh, and leader of the Hellenic League. You learn about the many aspects of this extraordinary individual - his passions, extraordinary talents, and the training that helped mold his character. You'll learn how battles were fought and won in the ancient world and examine Alexander's great martial achievements within this larger military history. You'll also head onto the battlefield to analyze some of Alexander's greatest triumphs, including the Battle of the Granicus River and the Battle of the Hydaspes River.
Alexander's empire did not survive beyond his lifetime, but his legacy has cast a long shadow on the history of the West. Join Professor Harl for this journey into the world of Alexander and see how the Western world - and, indeed, our world - still bear the marks of this legendary conqueror.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Most Helpful

A tad boring for novices and casual history fans

While a good subject the professor just doesn't have the same enthusiasm as most of the others I've listen to in the Great Courses series so it gets a bit boring, still chock full of facts and information so not a total loss of time.
Only problem with it as far as I'm concerned.

If you are interested in Alexander and his conquests it's definitely worth a listen even if the narrator seems like he's just going through the motions.
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- Paul

Fantastic

I loved every minute of this lecture series. I have learned so much it has been wonderful. I have now a great understanding of the life of Alexander the Great. Professor Harl was brilliant and his passion for the subject was palpable. Thank you
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- linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses