By J M O'Brien
В последние семь лет своей жизни, Александр Великий становился все более и более непредсказуемым, подверженным спорадическим приступам ярости или маниакальной подозрительности не только к врагам, но и друзьям. Эта биография наиболее известного завоевателя древности отличается от других своим детальным анализом психологического развития Александра. В этой книге автор пользуется образным подходом к объекту своего исследования, избрав Диониса - бога вина и амбивалентности, структурой для обсуждения алкоголизма Александра и часто противоречивых черт его индивидуальности.
В своём исследовании автор рассматривает каждую значимую деталь, обсуждает культурные вкусы Александра, его религиозность, родителей, стремления, деяния, страхи, сексуальность и алкоголизм.Образцы сканов:
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My mother was…Semele,” the deity announces in Euripides’ Bacchae (1–3). In Greek mythology Semele, pregnant with Dionysus, is consumed in flames when Zeus is manipulated by his wife Hera into appearing before his lover in all of his unbearable majesty. In the standard version, Zeus snatches the fetus from Semele’s burnt body and houses the prematurely born Dionysus in his own thigh until the divine child can be born again at full term. He survives this unusual gestation unscathed, and later, upon learning that his mother had disappeared into the underworld, retrieves her and establishes her on Mount Olympus.
87 The outcome for Aristotle was more favorable. By this time he had begun to orchestrate Alexander’s education in Macedonia. Philip settled Aristotle and his students at Mieza,88 a quiet retreat with grottoes and shady walks in the eastern foothills of the Bermium mountain range, away from the clamor and intrigue of the Macedonian court. This locale, sometimes called the Precinct of the Nymphs, was situated in an area referred to as the Gardens of Midas. It included the entire wine-growing region surrounding modern Naoussa, where the legendary king Midas was supposed to have mixed wine with sacred water in order to capture Silenus and learn the secret of life from him.
He raised a trophy of victory and sacrificed to the gods in appreciation for the outcome. He rewarded those who had distinguished themselves, including, no doubt, Alexander. 1). Instead of destroying Athens, Philip sent home one of the prisoners, Demades, to discuss a peace treaty and an alliance. Thebes was punished for its presence at Chaeronea, but Athens was spared. Athenian captives were to be returned to Athens without ransom, and Macedonian troops would not set foot on Attic soil. The king’s only “request” was for an alliance, and this was agreed to with bewilderment and relief.