Although Alexander the Great is worth reading just for entertainment and pleasure, it contains enough literary and historical merit to satisfy the more serious reader. The history student will find the story of one of the world's most remarkable leaders well-told, carefully documented, and historically accurate. For those interested in the military and the history of warfare, Mercer's descriptions of battle tactics and strategies will be of interest. Those who enjoy classical mythology will appreciate this story of a real man who believed in and consulted the oracles, who sacrificed to the Olympian gods, and who occasionally tried to convince his followers that he himself was a god. The reproductions and illustrations of Alexander as he appeared in ancient and medieval art will please readers with artistic inclinations.
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