The title of the book, '...An Everlasting Renown' is from Alexander's speech to his army before the Battle on the Granicus against the Persians. In context it read 'it is a noble thing to live with courage and to die leaving An Everlasting Renown.' Jason, the narrator of Alexander's life is fiction, the better to follow in detail Alexander's great epic campaign through the Middle East, Central Asia and on to India. Jason and the army are in profound mourning after the death of Alexander and he expresses great concern for the world as the generals quarrel over the division between themselves, of the vast empire over which he reigned. Alexander had recruited many of the conquered peoples into his service to the great anger of the Macedonians, greatly outnumbered as Alexander extended the hard campaign far beyond its initial objective to conquer the Persians. These he particularly favoured, preferring their company to his own Macedonians. He loved their civilisation and their concept of: 'One God the Common Father of all Mankind'. When he reached India, the angry Macedonians, sick of inhospitable, foreign lands and people, and desperate for their own homes, revolted and they forced him to turn back into the setting sun. He chose to follow the River Indus, against hostile tribes, to the sea and on the arduous and dangerous overland route to Babylon where he died at the age of 32 in 323BC. Alexander's military genius is well documented in the book. He fought and won, battles only against those who opposed him and his generosity, to those who submitted to his rule, is legendary. '...An Everlasting Renown' is carefully researched and conveys Alexander's flaws, as well as his genius and it genuinely reads as a first hand account of his life. The book is history, Persian and Greek, but it can be read as a novel and an introduction to these great civilisations and in it Alexander lives.
...An Everlasting Renown
18 Sep 2006