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Alexander the Great (1941) [Novel]
by Nikos Kazantzakis Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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In this historical novel based on the life of Alexander the Great, Kazantzakis has drawn on both the rich tradition of Greek legend and the documented manuscripts from the archives of history to recreate an Alexander in all his many-faceted images—Alexander the God; Alexander the descendent of Heracles performing the twelve labors; Alexander the mystic, the daring visionary destined to carry out a divine mission; Alexander the flesh-and-blood mortal who, on occasion, is not above the common soldier's brawling and drinking.

This novel, which resists the temptation to portray Alexander in the mantle of purely romantic legend, covers his life from age fifteen to his death at age thirty-two. It opens with Alexander's first exploit, the taming of the horse, Bucephalas, and is seen in great part through the eyes of his young neighbor who eventually becomes an officer in his army and follows him on his campaign to conquer the world.

Original title: Ο Μέγας Αλέξανδρος [Ho Megas Alexandros]
Original languages: Greek


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultHistorical FictionEuropeAncient World

Edition #1: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (1982)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Theodora Vasils
Illustrated by: Virgil Burnett
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Alexander the Great (April 15, 1982)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Athens, OH
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821406639
Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.7 x 0.7
Pages: 232

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