Philip Freeman (Alexander the Great, New York 2011, Simon & Schuster, pp. 391) follows Alexander from Macedonia to the unification of all Greek territories, the conquest of the anti-hellenic Persian Empire and the establishment of Greek civilization as far east as the mountains of the present-day Pakistan and the plains of India, and as far south as the deserts of Egypt.

Freeman’s book does not offer an interpretation of Alexander’s life – it is not a philosophy of history, rather (it wishes to be) a work of literature, a story, that would transfer us to the times of Alexander. However, this can not be an excuse for superficial remarks, e.g. that “the macedonian tongue … may as well have been a different language entirely [than the Greek of Athens or Sparta]” (p. 5).