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The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire Hardcover – 15 Jan 2017


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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (15 January 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067465966X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674659667
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 953 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this important work, a great historian of classical antiquity returns to the European ‘long eighteenth century' and its reconsideration of the crucial figure of Alexander as a forerunner of its own imperial ambitions and projects. With its vast erudition, and careful attention to minor as well as major figures from Montesquieu to Droysen and beyond, Pierre Briant's book is nothing less than a tour de force, both as a contribution to the intellectual history of the Enlightenment in its global dimensions, as well as to the complex dialogue between ‘Moderns' and ‘Ancients.' It confirms once more that the life-trajectory of the Macedonian conqueror remains an inexhaustible cultural resource, whether in the Christian or indeed the Islamic world, from the Atlantic and Mediterranean to Bengal and the Malay Peninsula. This is a significant and weighty contribution to a real global intellectual history.
—Sanjay Subrahmanyam, University of California, Los Angeles

About the Author

Pierre Briant is Emeritus Professor of History of the Achaemenid World and Alexander's Empire at the Coll+¿ge de France.

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