"Great travelogue from Michael Wood"
"impossible not to be awed by Alexander, and to understand why he
was called Great"
"Makes Alexander come alive"
In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great
by Michael Wood
Historian Michael Wood embarks on an idiosyncratic journey
of 20,000 miles tracing the expedition of Alexander the Great in this
captivating documentary. Relying on the words of Greek and Roman
historians, Wood sought to follow Alexander's route of world conquest as
closely as possible, and it is simply amazing how much folklore about the
great general he is able to pick up on the way. Beginning in Greece and
proceeding through 16 countries, including Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iran,
Afghanistan and India, Wood listens intently to local storytellers who are
still passing down the legends of Alexander. In one fascinating segment,
Wood is barred from entering Iraq, but he is able to view the terrain on
which Alexander's troops faced the Persians by scanning the radar screens
of an American AWACS plane patrolling high above.
In the course of his
travels, Wood passes through four war zones and he notes that strategic
regions of Alexander's day are still "on the fault lines of history". This
is a lengthy production, clocking in at almost four hours, but the relaxed
pace is a virtue, as Woods and the people he meets along the way, from
local storytellers to noted historians, pass along an amazing array of
historical knowledge. Lovers of history will find this documentary to be a
joy and may well find themselves savouring every mile of Alexander's great
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