on 22 December 2010
This latest instalment in the Landmark series makes this ancient book very easily accessible to the lay reader. It recounts the conquests of Alexander II of Macedon from the point where he takes control of the Army from his father till his death. Arrian is a good storyteller who was also a senior commander in the Roman military, giving him a valuable perspective on Alexander's manoeuvres.
In addition to a very readable translation this edition includes:
+Frequent maps explaining where the action is
+A number of battle maps to help understand the text
+lots of useful footnotes giving some perspectives on biases that the author might have had in recounting a specific episode, or reference to newer findings/if this matches with archaeological evidence. The footnotes definitely are in the right proportion
+Summary of each section in the side column-really useful if you get lost or want to pick up the book after a break and don't recall where you were
+Framing of the story with forewords/appendix explaining Alexander's rise and the break-up of his empire.
+Large variety of appendices if you want to know more about specific topics like weights and measures, the Army and tactics, theories on Alexander's death and much more
In summary-this is the best English language edition of this book bar none. It doesn't overpower and is a very enjoyable read.
on 24 November 2012
Just startint to read this version of Arrian, which is very much more scholarly and comprehensive than the previous versdion I have taken on holidy for 2 years running, and read twice_ I could not put it down. I appreciate the maps and other supplementary features in this Landmark edition