By Frank L. Holt
To all those that witnessed his outstanding conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the nice seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the idea that he loved divine desire and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L. Holt's soaking up publication.
Solid proof for the ''supernaturalized'' Alexander lies in an extraordinary sequence of medallions that depict the effective younger king at battle opposed to the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India on the conflict of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and infrequently perilous situations, those historic artifacts have lengthy lively the fashionable historic debate approximately Alexander. Holt's booklet, the 1st dedicated to the secret of those historical medallions, takes us into the historical past in their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable proof in their manufacture and which means, and, eventually, into the king's personal psyche and his scary theology of battle. the result's a helpful research of Alexander heritage and fantasy, a brilliant account of numismatics, and a spellbinding inspect the age-old mechanics of megalomania.
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