Alexander’s Lovers is the eagerly awaited second book by the author of The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great (see www.alexanderstomb.com). It will surely prove no less fascinating a read for those with an interest in the King. It presents an exploration of Alexander’s character through the mirror of the lives of the people with whom he pursued romantic relationships, including his friend Hephaistion, his queen Roxane, his mistress Barsine and Bagoas the Eunuch.Did you know that Alexander got the idea of adopting Persian dress from a book he read in his youth? Had you realised that Alexander’s pursuit of divine honours was merely an aspect of his emulation of Achilles? Would you be interested to discover that Bagoas the Eunuch undertook a diplomatic mission in Bactria or that Hephaistion’s diplomacy kept Athens from joining the Spartan rebellion of King Agis? Are you aware that Aetion’s famous painting of Alexander’s marriage depicted Hephaistion and Bagoas as well as Roxane and that it was really a depiction of the King’s various passions? Had you heard that Alexander first met his mistress Barsine when they were both children in Macedon and that she was the great-granddaughter of a Great King? Can you name the girl betrothed to Alexander’s son? Would it surprise you to learn that Alexander’s mourning and funeral arrangements for Hephaistion were conducted according to precepts dictated by Homer and Euripides? If you are intrigued by any of these questions and would like to get to know Alexander on a more personal level than is feasible from the conventional histories, then you need to read Alexander’s Lovers.
Title: Alexander’s Lovers
Author: Andrew Michael Chugg
Illustrations: 44 images
ISBN: 13-digit format: 978-1-4116-9960-1
ISBN: 10-digit format: 1-4116-9960-2
Alexander’s Lovers (Second Edition)
|April 2015 - Sales of Alexander’s Lovers surpass a thousand copies|
|The success of Andrew Chugg’s book on Alexander’s Lovers has been underlined by its sales surpassing a thousand copies at the start of 2014 and sales continue to rise steadily. It is also currently (April 2015) in the top ten in lists of Alexander books on some websites (e.g. Goodreads).|
|July 2014 – Andrew Chugg to present at NSREC Conference, July 14-18, 2014 in the Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel, Paris, on the subject of “Napoleon Bonaparte meets Alexander the Great in the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria”|
Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 eventually developed into a
military disaster with the destruction of the French fleet by Nelson
whilst it lay at anchor in Aboukir Bay and the later surrender of the
entire French Army of the Orient following the Battle of Alexandria in
1801. However the lasting legacy of the expedition has not proved to be
military exploits and adventurism but rather scholarly inquiries and
investigations, including the discovery of important artefacts such as
the Rosetta Stone and a sarcophagus said to have been used for the tomb
of Alexander the Great. The research performed by the expedition’s
scholars culminated in the publication of the magnificent multi-volume
Description de l’Egypte under Napoleon’s patronage in 1809. This talk
presents the astonishing story of Napoleon’s fifty intrepid “Savants”
and what they saw, heard and deduced during the Napoleonic occupation of
Egypt. But it also relates the yet more curious story of another two
centuries of further investigation, obfuscation and doubt, which has
only recently begun to veer towards vindication. Only in the new
millennium has it finally come to seem probable on the evidence that the
magnificent ancient sarcophagus now housed in the Egyptian hall of the
British Museum provides a unique physical connection between Alexander
the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte.
|Dec 2013 – First Edition of Alexander the Great and the Conquest of the Persians due to be published in February 2014|
The penultimate part of Andrew Chugg’s reconstruction of the lost
History Concerning Alexander the Great by Cleitarchus of Alexandria
is due to be published in February 2014 in a print first edition. This
will comprise the fourth, fifth and sixth books of Cleitarchus’ work
covering events from the Battle of Issus to the death of Darius.
Although some parts of the new book have been published before in an
electronic edition (Amazon Kindle), this will be the first publication
of the entire volume. It will also incorporate extensive analyses of
some of the key events that occurred within this crucial period of
Alexander’s career, such as a re-evaluation of the probable site of the
Battle of Gaugamela.
|Sept 2013 – Alexander’s Lovers sales exceed 1000 copies|
Sales of Andrew Chugg’s books on Alexander’s tomb exceeded 1000 copies
years ago, but in August 2013 sales of another of his books, Alexander’s
Lovers, also reached this landmark level. Furthermore, Alexander’s
Lover’s has done so exclusively via online outlets with minimal
publicity. The thumbnail shows the cover of the second edition of
Alexander’s Lovers, which was published in 2012.
|May 2013 – Antique Statuettes of Alexander and the Amazon Queen|
A decade ago Andrew Chugg acquired an antique bronze statuette of
Alexander riding a horse (Bucephalus?), but the horse was unfortunately
missing. This year Andrew acquired a damaged pair of spelter statuettes
of Alexander and the Amazon Queen, Thalestris, which had evidently been
cast from bronze originals. The Alexander had been cast from the same
bronze as Andrew already owned. He was missing his right arm, but still
had his steed. Andrew has now therefore been able to mount his bronze
Alexander back on the spelter copy of his original horse (see
accompanying photo and more photos in the Alexander2 image gallery on
this site). This statuette is based on the representations of Alexander
produced by Charles le Brun, court painter to the Sun King (Louis XIV),
in the 1670’s. It may therefore date back to the early 18th
century. Jacques-Louis David’s equestrian portrait of Napoleon is very
similar and may have been inspired by this Alexander.
|March 2013 – Alexander the Great and the Defeat and Death of Darius|
The fifth and sixth books of Andrew Chugg’s Reconstruction of
Cleitarchus were published on Amazon Kindle in February 2013. They cover
the period from the siege of Gaza to the death of Darius, including
Alexander’s visit to the Oracle of Ammon at the Siwa oasis, his
triumphant victory at Gaugamela and the razing of the palace at
Persepolis. The Amazon Kindle page is located here:
April 2012 – Alexander’s Lovers (2nd Ed.) Now Available for Kindle
The second edition of Alexander’s
Lovers by Andrew Chugg is now available for download to Amazon’s
Kindle devices at this page:
March 2012 – Second Edition of Alexander’s Lovers Published
A new edition of Alexander’s Lovers by Andrew Chugg is scheduled for publication in March 2012. This Second Edition is completely revised and updated and has been enhanced by the incorporation of a detailed discussion of Alexander’s deification and an in depth description and analysis of the funeral of Hephaistion. The length has increased from 220 to 260 pages with the addition of extra information on Hephaistion, Bagoas, Roxane, Stateira…
We have designed an Alexander’s Tomb 2010 Calendar. Please click on the adjoining image of its cover to see thumbnails of all twelve months. If you would like to order a copy, please send an email via the Contacts page (here). The calendars will be printed individually to your order (takes about a week) in a high quality glossy 14” x 11.5” format, so the cost is £25 or $40 or €29 plus postage to your location from the UK. Your calendar can optionally be signed by Andrew Chugg. Payment is normally by Paypal.
Andrew Chugg's latest book 'Alexander the Great in India: A Reconstruction of Cleitarchus' has now been published. See http://www.alexanderstomb.com/main/cleitarchus/index.html for details.
By the end of 2008 Alexander’s Lovers had sold well over 500 copies through Internet bookshops and it continues to sell strongly, demonstrating that it has already become an indispensable element of the literature on Alexander the Great.
|View Andrew Chugg’s Library at LibraryThing|
You can now browse the catalogue of Andrew Chugg’s extensive library of books on Alexandria and Alexander the Great at: http://www.librarything.com/profile.php?view=amchugg
Now Available to DownloadBBC World Service Radio, Europe Today, November 2004: Andrew explains why the contention of a group of Greek lawyers that Oliver Stone's movie misrepresents Alexander's relationships is unfounded. Click HERE to download (2.5Mbytes).
January 2008 -
The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great by Andrew Chugg - click HERE for details!
A year after its launch Alexander’s Lovers has now been published in a second impression incorporating a range of minor corrections and mentioning some new details and additional strands of evidence. This has mainly been guided by feedback and discussions with some of the hundreds of readers of Alexander’s Lovers.
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