Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

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Oxford University Press, 4 mag 2011 - 304 pagine
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Alexander the Great conquered an enormous empire--stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent--and his death triggered forty bloody years of world-changing events. These were years filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion, assassinations, dynastic marriages, treachery, shifting alliances, and mass slaughter on battlefield after battlefield. And while the men fought on the field, the women, such as Alexander's mother Olympias, schemed from their palaces and pavilions. Dividing the Spoils serves up a fast-paced narrative that captures this turbulent time as it revives the memory of the Successors of Alexander and their great contest for his empire. The Successors, Robin Waterfield shows, were no mere plunderers. Indeed, Alexander left things in great disarray at the time of his death, with no guaranteed succession, no administration in place suitable for such a large realm, and huge untamed areas both bordering and within his empire. It was the Successors--battle-tested companions of Alexander such as Ptolemy, Perdiccas, Seleucus, and Antigonus the One-Eyed--who consolidated Alexander's gains. Their competing ambitions, however, eventually led to the break-up of the empire. To tell their story in full, Waterfield draws upon a wide range of historical materials, providing the first account that makes complete sense of this highly complex period. Astonishingly, this period of brutal, cynical warfare was also characterized by brilliant cultural achievements, especially in the fields of philosophy, literature, and art. A new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle, and, in addition to chronicling political and military events, Waterfield provides ample discussion of the amazing cultural flowering of the early Hellenistic Age.
 

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Having enjoyed Robin Waterfield's last book about Xenophon's march, I eagerly picked up his new book about one of the neglected topics of Greek history. While books about Alexander the Great are ... Leggi recensione completa

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1 The Legacy of Alexander the Great
1
2 The Babylon Conferences
16
3 Rebellion
30
4 Perdiccas Ptolemy and Alexanders Corpse
43
5 The First War of the Successors
57
6 Polyperchons Moment
69
7 The Triumph of Cassander
81
8 Hunting Eumenes in Iran
93
13 The Kingdoms of Ptolemy and Seleucus
155
14 Demetrius Resurgent
171
15 The Fall of Demetrius
184
16 The Last Successors
197
Time Line
213
Cast of Characters
219
Genealogies
227
Notes
231

9 Antigonus Lord of Asia
107
10 The Restoration of Seleucus
118
11 Warfare in Greece
128
12 The End of Antigonus
140
Bibliography
245
Index
265
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Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar and translator. In addition to translating numerous Greek classics, he is the author of Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths, Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia, and the End of the Golden Age, and Athens: A History, From Ancient Ideal to Modern City. He lives in the far south of Greece on a small olive farm.

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