Alexandria's founded by Alexander

Alexandria's founded by Alexander the Great (by year BC): 334 Alexandria in Troia (Turkey) - 333 Alexandria at Issus/Alexandrette (Iskenderun, Turkey) - 332 Alexandria of Caria/by the Latmos (Alinda, Turkey) - 331 Alexandria Mygdoniae - 331 Alexandria (Egypt) - 330 Alexandria in Areia (Herat, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria of the Prophthasia/in Dragiana/Phrada (Farah, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Arachosia (Kandahar, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Caucasus (Begram, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria of the Paropanisades (Ghazni, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria Eschate or Ultima (Khodjend, Tajikistan) - 329 Alexandria on the Oxus (Ai-Khanoum OR Termez, Afghanistan) - 328 Alexandria in Margiana (Merv, Turkmenistan) - 326 Alexandria Nicaea (on the Hydaspes, India) - 326 Alexandria Bucephala (on the Hydaspes, India) - 325 Alexandria Sogdia - 325 Alexandria Rambacia (Bela, Pakistan) - 325 Alexandria Oreitide - 325 Alexandria in Opiene (confluence of Indus & Acesines, India) - 325 Alexandria on the Indus - 325 Alexandria Xylinepolis (Patala, India) - 325 Alexandria in Carminia (Gulashkird, Iran) - 324 Alexandria-on-the-Tigris/Antiochia-in-Susiana/Charax (Spasinou Charax on the Tigris, Iraq) - ?Alexandria of Carmahle? (Kahnu)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Alexander the Great, Son of the Gods by Alan Fildes and Joann Fletcher

A pleasure for the eye is what first comes to mind after reading Alexander the Great, Son of the Gods by Alan Fildes and Joann Fletcher (ISBN 0-89236-783-0).

Much care is given to the presentation, print, paper and illustrations. The edge of the pages is color-coded to match each of the five chapters: The Prince of Macedon; Conqueror of the East; The Great King; To the Endless Ocean; and, Return to Babylon. The fact that this book is published by Getty Trust Publications, J. Paul Getty Museum stands for quality, of course.

Portions of Alexander’s eventful life are served in small comprehensive bites, often filling two pages for a subject which is always started with a summary insert to keep the story flowing. Comprehensive maps cover selected areas, yet each map is connecting chronologically to the next. On top of all that, there are inserts on pertinent subjects like, His Father’s Son; Alexander’s Men; Coins for a New Empire; Crowns and Caps, Hats and Headcloths; Military Engineering; Medical Care; and plenty of other details.

This book makes easy and interesting reading. It is ideal for those who are looking for a solid overview of Alexander’s personality and campaigns without getting lost in too many details.

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