By Norman F. Cantor
"Alexander's habit was once conditioned alongside convinced lines—heroism, braveness, energy, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."
during this succinct portrait of Alexander the nice, distinct student and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public lifestyles and armed forces conquests of this so much mythical of fellows. Cantor attracts from the foremost writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the latest mental and cultural stories to teach Alexander as he was—a nice determine within the historic global whose complicated character significantly fueled his army accomplishments.
He describes Alexander's ambiguous courting together with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement along with his mom, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He strains Alexander's makes an attempt to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, utilizing Achilles, hero of the Trojan conflict, as his version. ultimately, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself with regards to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.
greater than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a mental rendering of a guy of his time.
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1). Those visitors arriving at the north gate (St. Philip’s Square, Hadrian Street) should start at the Panathenaic Way (no. 1), those arriving from the Theseion gate should start at the Hephaisteion (no. 5), while those coming down from the Acropolis should start their tour with the Stoa of Attalos (no. 22). This guide is for the site only; there is a separate short guide for the Agora Museum in the Stoa of Attalos. Visitors with more time and/or a deeper interest in the site are referred to the full site guide (Camp 1990) for longer descriptions, as well as information about the lesser monuments.
Outstanding examples of Classical architecture were brought in from the outlying villages (demes) of Attica, largely deserted at this period, and reused in downtown Athens, presumably for the worship of deified Roman emperors; it was a relatively cheap and effective way to honor the new order. The probable origin of the Ares temple architecture is the sanctuary of Athena Pallenis (at modern Stavro), where large foundations for a temple have been found but with no trace of any superstructure. 38 NORTHWEST CORNER AND THE HERMS 26 The area of the northwest corner is where the Panathenaic Way, leading from the main gate of Athens, the Dipylon, entered the Agora square (Figs.
100. d. 100 (Figs. 43, 44). It consists of a large square room and a paved courtyard, surrounded by three stoas that had shops behind their colonnades. As a cultural and educational building, the library reflects the role of Athens as the principal university town of the Roman empire. The dedicator, Titus Flavius Pantainos, was the son of the head of a philosophical school and refers to himself as a priest of the philosophical muses. A second inscription preserves the library rules: “No book is to be taken out because we have sworn an oath.