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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

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Item Code: IDH071

by Kireet Joshi

Paperback (Edition: 2004)

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR)
ISBN 8185636842

Language: English
Size: 8.9" X 5.8"
Pages: 93(Color Illus : 6, B & W Figure: 11, Map : 1)
Price: $19.00   Shipping Free
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Illumination, heroism and harmony are three major powers that can uplift to higher and higher levels. It may be useful to explore and illustrate the meanings of these three terms by giving examples of those qualities through appropriate stories. This monograph offers a few glimpses of the life of Alexander the Great. In Alexander we find an extraordinary personality whose life was so brief that his great qualities did not have the time to mature the way they should have. But a study of Alexander the Great is instructive in several ways. Firstly, it shows us what the life-force in man can achieve under circumstances and conditions as Favourable as Alexander's and yet what failures attend unbridled adventure. Secondly, it shows us that the human personality has far richer potentials than is normally suspected. Thirdly, it gives us a chance to understand ourselves better, for though we have a hundred and more limitations, we may discover, deep within ourselves, the same life-force as we find in Alexander. Character is also marked by great heroism. No deed, no ambition seemed too high for him. Equally, if he had had more time-he died at 33!-, he might have been able to develop a high level of illumination, for in many tricky situations he showed a great capacity for intuition. One can even perceive a potentiality for harmony in the fact that he was able to show many fine qualities as general, king and administrator of a vast empire. He disappeared too fast from the world's scene, like a comet in the sky, leaving a trail of glory unparalled to this day. He truly was, as Sri Aurobindo said, a poet on a throne.

CONTENTS
Preface7
Introduction11
Alexander the Great17
Alexander as a general, leader of men and kin of Asia57
After Alexander's death68
Three anecdotes of Alexander's life and conquests
The Battle with Porus
71
Crossing the Gedrosia Desert73
Uprising at Opis77
The Soul of a Conqueror (A portrait of Alexander by Will Durant) 83
Notes
Plutarch
89
Ancient Greece and Alexander: A brief outline90
State of the civilized world in Alexander's time (around 330 B.C.)91
What happened after Alexander 92
Suggestions for further reading93
A few dates93

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