The Golden Mean PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

The Golden Mean free pdf On the orders of his boyhood friend, now King Philip of Macedon, Aristotle postpones his dreams of succeeding Plato as leader of the Academy in Athens and reluctantly arrives in the Macedonian capital of Pella to tutor the king s adolescent sons. An early illness has left one son with the intellect of a child- the other is destined for greatness but struggles between a keen mind that craves instruction and the pressures of a society that demands his prowess as a soldier. 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."

About Annabel Lyon

Annabel Lyon s first book, the short-story collection Oxygen, was nominated for the Danuta Gleed and ReLit awards. Her second collection, The Best Thing for You, was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction. She lives in New Westminster, B.C., with her husband and two children."

Details Book

Author : Annabel Lyon
Publisher : Random House Canada
Data Published : 11 August 2009
ISBN : 0307356205
EAN : 9780307356208
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 304 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews The Golden Mean



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • Aristotle Detective free pdfAristotle Detective

    Murder and mayhem may seem like unreasonable company for Aristotle. one of the founding minds of Western philosophy. But in the skilled hands of Margaret Doody. the pairing could not be more logical. With her Aristotle Detective novels..


  • The Complete Works of Aristotle free pdfThe Complete Works of Aristotle

    "The Oxford Translation of Aristotle" was originally published in 12 volumes between 1912 and 1954. It is universally recognized as the standard English version of Aristotle. This revised edition contains the substance of the original translation..


  • The Complete Works of Aristotle free pdfThe Complete Works of Aristotle

    "The Oxford Translation of Aristotle" was originally published in 12 volumes between 1912 and 1954. It is universally recognized as the standard English version of Aristotle. This revised edition contains the substance of the original translation..


  • Aristotle's Ethics and Moral Responsibility free pdfAristotle's Ethics and Moral Responsibility

    Aristotle's Ethics develops a complex theory of the qualities which make for a good human being and for several decades there has been intense discussion about whether Aristotle's theory of voluntariness..


  • The Poetics of Aristotle free pdfThe Poetics of Aristotle

    Aristotle's Poetics (written circa 335 BCE) is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it. Aristotle offers an account of what he calls "poetry" (a term which in Greek literally means "making" and in this context includes drama-comedy..


  • The Golden Mean free pdfThe Golden Mean

    Ebook Free Download. On the orders of his boyhood friend, now King Philip of Macedon, Aristotle postpones his dreams of succeeding Plato as leader of the Academy in Athens and reluctantly arrives in t