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Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy : A Biography - John Maxwell O'Brien

Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy

A Biography

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Published: 20th August 1992
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Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy differs from other biographies of Alexander in its assessment of the role of alcohol in his life. John Maxwell O'Brien uses the figure of Dionysus as a symbol of the destructive effects of alcohol on Alexander's psyche. Alexander himself ascribed most of his severe setbacks to the god Dionysus. This deity serves as an agent through whom a cluster of ambivalent considerations is explored: the heroic and the Dionysiac, the rational and the irrational, male and female, sanity and madness. Alexander's story unfolds as a tragedy in the Aristotelian sense of the word.
Alexander is treated from birth to death as a total personality. His culture, his gods, his parents, his aspirations, his exploits, his fears, his insecurities, his sexuality, his drinking and the psychology of alcoholism are examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book utilizes recent discoveries in archaeology and incorporates new interpretations from anthropology, psychology, mythology, philosophy and literature. The historical context provides a structure for these diverse insights. Key passages in the narrative are illuminated by telling quotations from Homer and Euripides which draw the reader into the thought processes of Greek antiquity.
This study of the ancient world's most famous and successful conqueror takes into account the latest scholarship in the field and includes a comprehensive bibliography. The controversial approach and the book's focus are likely to cause wide comment and attract considerable attention among general readers as well as scholars.

The Coming of Age in Macedonia
Dionysus in the Royal Tombs
Macedonian Drinking
Philip and Alexander
Olympias and Alexander; the Dionysiac Cult in Macedonia
Olympias, Philip and Alexander
The Gardens of Midas, Heroic Models
Regent
The Battle of Chaeronea
Athens (338 B.C.)
The Wedding of Philip II and CLeopatra
The Pixodarus Affair
The Assassination of Philip II
A Homeric King
The Accession (336 B.C.)
Alexander in Greece
Northern Campaigns
The Destruction of Thebes
Dium
Alexander's Sexuality
Alexander at the Hellespont
The Battle of the Granicus River
Asia Minor
The Gordian Knot
The Battle of Issus
Phoenicia
The Siege of Tyre
Egypt
Alexandria
The Journey to Siwah
The Battle of Gaugamela
Babylon and Susa
The Metamorphosis
The Signs of Change
The Burning of Persepolis: Orientalization
The Philotas Affair
The Death of Cleitus
Proskynesis
Callisthenes
The Pages' Conspiracy
Nysa and Aornus ^
The Ambivalent Victor
Into India (326 B.C.)
The Battle of the Hydaspes (Jhelum) River
"Mutiny" at the Hyphasis (Beas) River
Ocean
The Gedrosian Desert
Carmania
Persis
Cyrus's Tomb
Susa
Deification
The Opis "Mutiny"
The Death of Hephaestiion
Death in Babylon
The Last Plans
The Death of Alexander Epilogue
The Royal Tombs
Attributes of Wine in the Readings of Alexander the Great
Postscript
Key to Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415072540
ISBN-10: 0415072549
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 20th August 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1