Alexander the Great (136 books)
Alexander The Great --- Book (Full) With Subtitles
Mary Renault's Alexander: history and fiction both
Home Historical Fiction. The Novels of Alexander the Great. The story tells of his complex relationship with his parents; of his two great bonds—to his horse, Oxhead, and to his dearest friend and eventual lover, Hephaistion—and of the army he commands when he is barely an adult. The iconic Persian Boy centers on the Macedon king as seen through the eyes of his lover and most faithful attendant, the eunuch Bagoas. When Bagoas is very young, his father is murdered and he is sold as a slave to King Darius of Persia. Then, when Alexander conquers the land, he is given Bagoas as a gift, and the boy is besotted. This passion comes at a time when much is at stake—Alexander has two wives, conflicts are ablaze, and plots on his life abound.
Those who have already read all three novels in Mary Renault's Alexander trilogy will have to forgive me for pointing out the blindingly obvious: these books are seriously good. As we draw towards the end of the Reading Group month with Mary Renault , and I'm cracking the spine of Funeral Games, and the perspective on Alexander and his legacy broadens and deepens, I feel like I'm just beginning to understand their worth. I'm also beginning to realise what a mistake I made a few years ago when I read Fire From Heaven in isolation. I liked the book well enough then, but didn't properly understand its value - and didn't see how important it was as a bridge to the later instalments in the trilogy. In my partial defence, I should note that Fire From Heaven was then involved in the Lost Booker prize an award given retrospectively to novels from , when the Booker prize skipped a year and had to be judged as a unique work.
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After the Oracle of Ammon told him he is the son of Zeus , Alexander feels invincible and marches north towards the historic town of Babylon. The beautiful city is ravaged and the Palace of Persepolis , the former residence of King Darius , is burnt to ashes together with the memories of the old Empire. It is now time to start anew and Alexander decides on yet another hard task: unify the Persian people with the Macedonians. As he struggles to convince his countrymen to come to cultural compromises with the Persians, he falls in love with Queen Roxane. And it is this love that gives him the strength to fulfil his epic destiny. When the Oracle of Ammon tells Alexander that he is the son of Zeus , the young Macedonian king finds even more inner strength and will to conquer new lands and rule the biggest Empire ever known.
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