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Alexander's beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son's loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle's tutoring provoked his mind and Homer's Iliad fueled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedon's cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexander's skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

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"Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent." The New York Times Book Review

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During his first twenty years of life, Alexander the Great is torn between admiration, hatred, and love for his father, asserts his independence from his mother's jealous love, is tutored by Aristotle, and becomes king of Macedon.

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“Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent.”-The New York Times Book Review

Alexanders beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their sons loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotles tutoring provoked his mind and Homers Iliad fueled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedons cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexanders skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

About the Author

Mary Renault was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained for three years as a nurse, and wrote her first published novel, Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written while serving in WWII. After the war, she settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her brilliant historical reconstructions of ancient Greece, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy. She died in Cape Town in 1983.

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ISBN:
9780375726828
Author:
Renault, Mary
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
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Greece
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Generals
Subject:
Kings and rulers
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Macedonia
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Biographical fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Number:
2
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Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
RN-0285
Publication Date:
20020611
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.04x5.18x.83 in. .62 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent."
"Synopsis" by , During his first twenty years of life, Alexander the Great is torn between admiration, hatred, and love for his father, asserts his independence from his mother's jealous love, is tutored by Aristotle, and becomes king of Macedon.
"Synopsis" by , “Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent.”-The New York Times Book Review

Alexanders beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their sons loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotles tutoring provoked his mind and Homers Iliad fueled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedons cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexanders skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

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