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English Book Review: “Alessandro il Grande. La storia, il mito e le eredità culturali” by Lorenzo Braccesi

Recensione in italiano: QUI.

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia- your source about Alexander the Great! Here’s the review of the italian book:

“Alessandro il Grande. La storia, il mito e le eredità culturali” by Lorenzo Braccesi

published by EdiSES

The volume traces the life of Alexander, from childhood and the rise to power until the early death: the young Alexander’s thirst for glory, his brilliant victories, the construction of an empire that went from Macedonia to the shores of the Indian Ocean , death and cultural heritage, the birth of the Megalexandros myth and posthumous emulation.

4 stars.

Reading time from 20th to 23rd July 2018.

Small, agile book published in a series that has purely scholastic purposes but whose reading is beautiful and interesting at the same time.

You have to keep in mind that it has only 140 pages, so many curiosities and anecdotes about Alexander’s life aren’t mentioned here, but the facts that are reported are well explained. Although concise and lacking in many things, from the Gordian knot to the mention of Alexander’s personal relationships, it’s still valid because what distinguishes this booklet, however, is something I liked very much: Professor Braccesi explained what was the legacy of Alexander the Great, the influence that this character had even a hundred years after his death and wonders about what could have been his likely future projects. The author explained what were the political and propagandistic implications of many Macedonian moves and how the Romans, from Caesar, Pompey and Scipio tried to collect the legacy of the great leader.

If Alexander the Great managed to leave such a marked mark in just 13 years of his reign, what could he have done if he died old? What would be the other consequences that we could still see today? Would it have changed the rise to Roman domination of the Mediterranean?

In conclusion: a reading I’m glad I did!


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