Good Reading : Febuary 2009
age of . e Ires A map doesn't just show you where to go, but also where you've been. , M aps flick the switch of civilisation in our brains ... they represent [our] attempt to order and make sense of the world; says Geoffrey Wawro in his introduction to Historical Atlas. This tome is divided chronologically, starting with 10000 BC It presents recreations of world maps from ancient times, put into the context of historical knowledge of the period. In later periods, maps drawn in the period and maps of journeys of historical import are presented. One such place of significance was the area once known as the Persian Empire. In 334 BC, at the age of 19, a young man who would become known as Alexander the Great left Macedonia with an army of about 45 000 men with the aim of conquering the vast Persian Empire. He was never to see Macedonia again. The emergence of the Kingdom of Macedonia from obscurity in the middle of the fourth century BC, to control territory as far east as India by 323 BC, is one of the most dramatic and important historical developments in the ancient world. 0 'C::. t rJ" " 13 $.. .... e þ 7' Ll 11 e a n 5 I Tripoli .... Young, .. handsome, and a master campaigner, Alexander the Great is porJ[i:I)I Q here in a marble bust copied from an early Greek statue by Eufranor in 338 BC. . The success of Alexander's campaign Jri:lJ gi Çi:lrL be seen in the vastness of his empire at the time of his death at only 32 years of age.
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