The Golden MeanBook - 2009
Initially Aristotle hopes for a short stay in what he considers the brutal backwater of his childhood. But, as a man of relentless curiosity and reason, Aristotle warms to the challenge of instructing his young charges, particularly Alexander, in whom he recognizes a kindred spirit, an engaged, questioning mind coupled with a unique sense of position and destiny.
Aristotle struggles to match his ideas against the warrior culture that is Alexander's birthright. He feels that teaching this startling, charming, sometimes horrifying boy is a desperate necessity. And that what the boy - thrown before his time onto his father's battlefields - needs most is to learn the golden mean, that elusive balance between extremes that Aristotle hopes will mitigate the boy's will to conquer.
Aristotle struggles to inspire balance in Alexander, and he finds he must also play a cat-and-mouse game of power and influence with Philip in order to manage his own ambitions.
As Alexander's position as Philip's heir strengthens and his victories on the battlefield mount, Aristotle's attempts to instruct him are honoured, but increasingly unheeded. And despite several troubling incidents on the field of battle, Alexander remains steadfast in his desire to further the reach of his empire to all known and unknown corners of the world, rendering the intellectual pursuits Aristotle offers increasingly irrelevant.
Exploring this fabled time and place, Annabel Lyon tells her story in the earthy, frank, and perceptive voice of Aristotle himself. With sensual and muscular prose, she explores how Aristotle's genius touched the boy who would conquer the known world. And she reveals how we still live with the ghosts of both men.
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The fascinating story of Aristotle and his personal tutelage of the man who would become Alexander the Great, trying to instill in him the balance between extremes that is the golden mean. Aristotle must also struggle to maintain political balance for himself in Alexander’s Macedonia.
Forced to tutor a young Alexander the Great, Aristotle must delay his aspirations. Horrified by the idea of living in the backwater of his youth, he is eventually won over by Alexander’s intellectual promise. Only later does Alexander’s warrior nature reveal itself. Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction ... Read More »
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2009.
Forced to tutor a young Alexander the Great, Aristotle must delay his aspirations. Horrified by the idea of living in the backwater of his youth, he is eventually won over by Alexander’s intellectual promise. Only later does Alexander’s warrior natur... Read More »
Finalist - Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
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