Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), King of Macedonia, lived a life of mythical proportions. He modelled himself on Achilles and slept with a copy of the Iliad, annotated by Aristotle, his teacher, under his pillow. Unrivalled by any historical military figure, he conquered the Mediterranean, Persia, Afghanistan and north-west India during his brief life. By the time he died at the age of 33 he had introduced Greek civilisation to the world.
Nigel Cawthorne has been writing and editing for 28 years. He has written more than 60 books and his work has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Financial Times to The New York Tribune.