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Focus of legends

24 April 2008

Alexander the Great: A life in legend
Richard Stoneman

Yale, £20 (978-0-300-11203-0)

Around Alexander the Great, during and after his luminous career as king and general, there accumulated legends in many cultures and nations. has gathered these in his book, from which is taken this picture of Alexander at the gate of Paradise, a story that has been told by Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Arab and Persian authors.

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