The Life of Alexander the Great
Publication Date: April 13, 2004
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In 336 b.c. Philip of Macedonia was assassinated and his twenty-year-old son, Alexander, inherited his kingdom. Immediately quelling rebellion, Alexander extended his father’s empire through-out the Middle East and into parts of Asia, fulﬁlling the soothsayer Aristander’s prediction that the new king “should perform acts so important and glorious as would make the poets and musicians of future ages labour and sweat to describe and celebrate him.”
The Life of Alexander the Great is one of the ﬁrst surviving attempts to memorialize the achievements of this legendary king, remembered today as the greatest military genius of all time. This exclusive Modern Library edition, excerpted from Plutarch’s Lives, is a riveting tale of honor, power, scandal, and bravery written by the most eminent biographer of the ancient world.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON has written extensively on both ancient Greek and military history; his ?fteen books include The Western Way of War and Between War and Peace. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno.
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John Dryden (1631-1700) was an English poet, critic and dramatist, responsible for nearly 30 plays. He was noted both for his elegant comedies and his heroic verse dramas, which introduced the principles of French neoclassicism to England.Dryden turned to drama following the reopening of the theatres at the Restoration; his first attempt, the comedy "The Wild Gallant", was presented in 1663 at Drury Lane. The success of his heroic drama "The Indian Emperor" established him as a leading playwright. Following "Aureng-Zebe" (1675), perhaps his best heroic work, Dryden abandoned the use of rhyming couplets, producing the oft-revived blank-verse tragedy" All for Love" (a retelling of Shakespeare's" Antony and Cleopatra") in 1677.Dryden was the first to write drama criticism in an informal modern style and the first to attempt a history of English drama in his essay "Of Dramatick Poesie" (1668). He eventually tired of playwriting and his final plays, such as the tragicomedy" Love Triumphant "(1694), were written to relieve financial problems after his fortunes fell with the abdication of James II.