Out in a few months: “Alexander the Great and Persia. From Conqueror to King of Asia” by Joseph Stiles

Good day everyone, I’m Elena, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia the blog about Alexander the Great and Hellenism. Today I’ve a new publication to share with you!

Alexander the Great and Persia. From Conqueror to King of Asia

by Joseph Stiles

Pen and Sword Books

Out on: 30th August 2022

Upon his return from India, Alexander the Great traveled to the Persian royal city of Pasargadae to pay homage at the tomb of King Cyrus, founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, whom he admired greatly. Disgusted to find Cyrus’ tomb desecrated and looted, the Macedonian king had the tomb guards tortured, the Persian provincial governor executed and the tomb refurbished. This episode involving Cyrus’ tomb serves as one of many case studies in Alexander’s relationship with Persia. At times Alexander would behave pragmatically, sparing his defeated enemies and adopting Persian customs. Sisygambis, the mother of Persian King Darius III, allegedly came to view Alexander as a son and starved herself at the news of his demise. On other occasions he did not shy away from destruction (famously torching the palace at Persepolis) and cruelty, earning himself the nickname ‘the accursed’. This conflicting nature gives Alexander a complex legacy in the Persian world. Joseph Stiles explores Alexander the Great’s fascinating relationship with his ‘spear-won’ empire, disentangling the motives and influences behind his policies and actions as ‘King of Asia’.

Joseph Stiles has a bachelor’s degree in History from Temple University and recently gained his master’s degree in World History from Norwich University, Vermont, USA, where his research centred on Alexander the Great and his policies in the East. He now works as a teacher and lives in suburban Philadelphia.

Binding: Hardback
ISBN: 9781399094412
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 inches
£ 20.00

Did you see who is the publisher of this book? Pen and Sword Books, still Pen and Sword! It publishes many books on Alexander and Hellenism and we can only be happy! More informations will be added when available! You can save an alert to your Google Calendar from HERE.

Thank you and have a good day,


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