By the time of his death in Babylon on June 10, 323 BC, Alexander the Great had conquered more than two million square miles and was only thirty-two years of age. He was an intrepid Macedonian warrior, superb strategist and masterful diplomat. He accepted and respected other peoples, cultures, treated women with dignity, and was exceptionally considerate of the disabled. He loved animals, large and small, domesticated and wild. His legacy is felt all over the world. This slim volume serves as an introduction to Alexander, hoping to whet your appetite and lure you into a more extensive and deeper investigation of the questions that still resonate from his meteoric rise and mysterious demise. What follows is a lyrical biography -- the first poem covering his life from birth to death since the nineteenth century. The poem is simple and unadorned, readable and rooted in historical research. It was written for curious teenagers as well as lifelong learners.
This 390-stanza, lyrical biographical poem about Alexander the Great is accompanied by 48 illustrations, most in full color, including a map of his military advances and victories.
Alexander the Great: A Lyrical Biography By Christine O'Brien and John Maxwell O'Brien 128 pp, 6 x 9 format, $24.95 (ISBN 978-1-7327197-4-3) Library of Congress Control Number 2021953111 Also available in e-book (ISBN: 978-1-7327197-3-6, $7.99)
Christine O’Brien holds an honors degree in classical civilization from Boston College. This epic poem constitutes her literary debut. John Maxwell O’Brien is an emeritus professor of history at Queens College (CUNY). His best-selling biography, Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy, has been translated into Greek and Italian.
Publication Date: July 20, 2022, Alexander's 2,377th Birthday Distributed by Ingram Book Company