The legend of Alexander is so powerful that it places those who helped him achieve greatness, and those who tried to hold everything together after his death, in the anonimity of his shadow. The author has written a compelling review of Antipater and his family in a very readable style without losing the authority of scholarship. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Antipater's Dynasty, Alexander The Great's Regent And His Successors FILE: R2819 AUTHOR: John D Granger PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 271 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Ancient Greece, Alexander succession, Alexander's heirs, Antipater, Nikaia, Alexander IV, Cassander, Philip III, Macedonia
IMAGE: B2819.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2myacpp LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The legend of Alexander is so powerful that it places those who helped him achieve greatness, and those who tried to hold everything together after his death, in the anonimity of his shadow. The author has written a compelling review of Antipater and his family in a very readable style without losing the authority of scholarship. - Highly Recommended The story of how Macedonia came to propel Greece to greatness as a super State is a powerful mix of myth, mystery and verifiable fact. The author has managed to achieve a book suitable for under graduates and graduates that is still readable for anyone wanting to know the story behind, and after, Alexander the Great. Building on the work of Philip II, Alexander managed to build an army that could conquer the world and then to lead it on a tumultuous surge to defeat nations that should have been superior. That he did this at such a young age suggested that he might have been there long enough to build his own dynasty to follow him, and an organization that could hold everything together. As fate turned out, he also died very young and very suddenly, leaving a huge vacuum. When Alexander set out on his march to greatness, he left behind a naturally fragile Greece. Without Antipater to hold the fort at home, Alexander would have soon run into deep trouble, probably being forced to turn back to put the Greek House in order. As it was, Antipater managed home affairs well and put down a number of attempts to break up Greece once more. It was a fairly solid base to which Alexander could return to rule the amazing empire he had forged. The sudden and unexpected death of Alexander left the recent alliance of States without any clear succession, Alexander's half-brother was mentally impaired and his infant son was too young to rule. Antipater stepped into this vacuum and subdued attempts of co-kings to force the issue. On his death, his three sons each attempted to succeed him on his death and finally his daughter Nikaia became independent ruler of Macedonia. A gripping story of a real game of thrones.