The first of two volumes resulting from over a decade of collaborative research work. This provides an absorbing narrative of the wars that were fought by Alexander’s successors from the time of his death to the Battle of Corupedium – Highly Recommended
NAME: The Wars of Alexander's Successors, 323-281 BC, Volume I: Commanders & Campaigns FILE: R2979 AUTHOR: Bob Bennett, Mike Roberts PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 236 PRICE: £12.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Alexander the Great, Antigonos, Demetrius, Seleucus, Ptolemy, Battle of Corupedium, Diadochi
IMAGE: B2979.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y59g9aua LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The first of two volumes resulting from over a decade of collaborative research work. This provides an absorbing narrative of the wars that were fought by Alexander's successors from the time of his death to the Battle of Corupedium – Highly Recommended Classical scholars devote lifetimes to the fascinating study of the Hellenistic Age, but many millions are aware of parts of this history. What is universally known is the story of Alexander, a brilliant commander who conquered the known world, but died suddenly and young. What preceded him and what followed is frequently a complete mystery, such was the impact his action had on building an enduring tale of myth and mystery. The authors have provided an illuminating account of how his successors handled his heritage from 323-281 BC. Greece had developed a collection of city states that operated autonomously and often wage war on each other. Alexander built what was in effect a nation by drawing from the people of Greece an army that was to defeat all before it in an amazingly short time. When he died he left no clear successor and, fact or fiction, stated on his deathbed that his successor would be the strongest from amongst his generals and governors. Whether the words are accurately attributed or not, his death was followed by a long series of struggles between these men. None was to demonstrate the qualities that had made Alexander a legend. Of the many millions who have heard of Alexander, very few have heard of any of his successors, or known anything of their actions and achievements. The possible exception is Ptolemy, not for himself, but for Cleopatra, the end of the Pharaonic line that he founded to rule Egypt. The irony being that those who know something of the line he founded know them as Egyptians and not as Greek successors to Alexander. This book reads well and presents unique insight into the succession. The readable text is illustrated by a supporting photo-plate section.