New PDF release: Alexander's Heirs: The Age of the Successors

By Edward M. Anson

ISBN-10: 1444339621

ISBN-13: 9781444339628

Alexander’s Heirs bargains a story account of the nearly 40 years following the demise of Alexander the good, within which his generals vied for keep an eye on of his big empire, and during their conflicts and politics finally created the Hellenistic Age.

  • Offers an account of the facility struggles among Alexander’s rival generals within the 40  yr interval following his death
  • Discusses how Alexander’s titanic empire finally turned the Hellenistic World
  • Makes complete use of fundamental and secondary sources
  • Accessible to a wide viewers of scholars, college students, and the informed basic reader
  • Explores very important scholarly debates at the Diadochi

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He then states that envoys, only specifying Meleager by name, were sent from the cavalry to the infantry. Neither Arrian (Succ. 1), nor Plutarch (Eum. 1–2), provides more than the briefest of outlines of these events. The basic scenario of events described in Justin is accepted by many scholars, who reject Curtius’ account as either “imaginative fiction” (McKechnie 1999: 49–50), or “a confused pot pourri” (Bosworth 2002: 35–44). However, Curtius’ account is more faithful to the specific historical context.

12). They had not been pleased with what they perceived as Alexander’s Persianization of the court (Arr. Anab. 1; Plut. Alex. 71). Alexander included Persians in his personal entourage, began to adopt Persian dress, court procedure, and advisors, and increasingly incorporated Asian units into his evergrowing army (Carney 1996: 19–44; Anson 2004: 355–7; 2013b: 162–76). He had married three eastern princesses, two of whom were Persian (Plut. Alex. 7–8; Diod. 6; Arr. Anab. 4),12 and had overseen the mixed marriages of 10,000 Macedonian officers and soldiers and Asian women (Arr.

6–8; Arr. Succ. 1–3). Meleager then left the meeting and returned with Arrhidaeus (Curt. 7). At this point whatever order that had existed broke down and a riot ensued, with the principes and the elite Macedonian aristocratic Companion Cavalry ranged against the infantry, now led by Meleager (Curt. 16–19; Just. 3–4). In the chaos that followed, the Macedonian leaders fled the city and, joined by the cavalry, camped outside in the plain (Curt. 16–20). Alexander’s empire appeared to be dissolving even before a successor could be named and the dead king’s body had grown cold.

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