By Bill Yenne
Invoice Yenne's "Alexander the good" is a part of the "The international Generals Series". Like different books within the sequence, Alexander the nice, is written in an easy, chronological demeanour. there's little hypothesis or conjecture by way of the writer. while, old resources fluctuate, Yenne says anything, Plutarch stated it happend "this approach" yet Nicomedia acknowledged it occurred "this different way."
However, what inspired this reviewer was once now not with how a lot historic resources differed, yet how related used to be their telling of the tale. for example, all resources appear to agree as to the identify of Alexander's favourite horse, whilst entered Babylon, how a ways he marched his military and so forth.
In his telling of the tale of Alexander, Yenne makes comparaions among Alexanders' scenario to occasions within the smooth period. those comparasions make the dry proof (such because the order of conflict) turn into extra attention-grabbing and suitable.
To underscore releveance to the trendy period, Yenne's Alexander the good comes with a brief introdution by means of common Wesley Clark. Clark wishes the reader to be see how Alexander used to be nice a "quaterback". How he marshalled his forces. How he was once capable of learn "defenses." How, like an excellent quaterback, he used to be capable of use intution to utilize a serious siutation.
However, as Yenne exhibits us, Alexander the good was once even more than a "quaterback." in contrast to many different historic, or even glossy, generals, Alexander wasn't afraid to be a mentor to his subordiantes. He used to be additionally an comprehensive engineer; he capable of finding particular technical suggestions to difficult tactical sitautions. He used to be additionally fairly a diplomat; he used to be capable of flip enemies into allies. extra, he used to be method prior to his time culturally. in contrast to different conquerors, he surely preferred customs now not his personal. As Yenne exhibits us, Alexander used to be "great" in lots of methods along with being an exceptional "quaterback."
Scholars may want extra element, yet as just below 2 hundred pages, Yenne's Alexander the good, used to be lengthy sufficient to offer the reviewe a transparent figuring out of 1 of the nice personages of background, yet with out an excessive amount of over the top aspect or scholarly observation.
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The two kings were, of course, not the same. Justinus states that “To Philip succeeded his son Alexander, a prince greater than his father, both in his virtues and his vices. Each of the two had a different mode of conquering; the one prosecuted his wars with open force, the other with subtlety. . The father had more cunning, the son more hon22 Ω ALEXANDER THE GREAT our. Philip was more staid in his words, Alexander in his actions. The son felt readier and nobler impulses to spare the conquered; the father showed no mercy even to his allies.
Alexander quickly moved the bulk of his force to Issus, established a base camp and continued clockwise around the Gulf of Issus to the town of Myriandros (later named for Alexander as Alexandretta, and 44 Ω ALEXANDER THE GREAT now known in Turkish as Iskenderun) at the five o’clock position, probing toward the Persians, who were across the mountains. Darius, meanwhile, decided to remain on the far side of the mountains and move counterclockwise from three o’clock to one, toward a place where he could cross the mountains above Issus and position himself in Alexander’s rear, cutting him off from his base camp.
As Justinus wrote, “when [Alexander] selected his troops for so hazardous a warfare, he did not choose robust young men, or men in the flower of their age, but veterans, most of whom had even passed their term of service, and who had fought under his father and his uncles; so that he might be thought to have chosen, not soldiers, but masters in war. No one was made an officer who was not 60 years of age; so that he who saw the captains assembled at headquarters, would have declared that he saw the senate of some ancient republic.