Here are some suggestions for travel books, biographies and sources about Alexander the Great. This is suggested in case you wish to read up prior to your tour. The books are in no particular recommended order.
During our In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great tour in Turkey, your tour guide will have a number of these books with them that will be available for general consumption. This list of books is not required reading!
UK visitors interested in purchasing these books, may click on the main title or picture links. US visitors wishing to buy, please click on ‘(USA)’
Books on Alexander
Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography (USA) Peter Green – Comprehensive and by an eminent scholar.
Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great (USA) A. B.Bosworth – Perhaps the most authoritative scholar currently working on Alexander, and the leading proponent of the “realist” (as opposed to “romantic”) interpretation of Alexander.
The Generalship Of Alexander The Great (USA) J. F. C. Fuller – reprinted Da Capo Press, paperback edition, 1989. The classic account of Alexander’s military campaigns, by a British general and military historian.
Philip II and Alexander the Great (USA) Elizabeth Carney & Daniel Ogden – This collection of previously unpublished articles looks at the careers and impact of father and son together focusing specifically on their relationship to one another.
There are five major surviving primary sources on Alexander. English-language translations of Arrian, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius Rufus are widely available.
The Life of Alexander the Great (USA) Plutarch – The biographer of many of Greece and Rome’s leading lights, Plutarch is full of fascinating stories and insights into his own time as much as Alexander’s character.
Library of History, Volume VIII (Loeb Classical Library(USA) The only translation of Diodorus Siculus covering the whole of Alexander’s campaigns is in the Loeb Classical Library vol.8.
General Books on Turkey
For suggested books on Turkey, its history and culture, please see one of our regional reading lists such as our Carian Turkey reading list