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    Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors (Fordyce W. Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series) (Hardback) By (author) Joseph Roisman

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    DescriptionFrom antiquity until now, most writers who have chronicled the events following the death of Alexander the Great have viewed this history through the careers, ambitions, and perspectives of Alexander's elite successors. Few historians have probed the experiences and attitudes of the ordinary soldiers who followed Alexander on his campaigns and who were divided among his successors as they fought for control of his empire after his death. Yet the veterans played an important role in helping to shape the character and contours of the Hellenistic world. This path-finding book offers the first in-depth investigation of the Macedonian veterans' experience during a crucial turning point in Greek history (323-316 BCE). Joseph Roisman discusses the military, social, and political circumstances that shaped the history of Alexander's veterans, giving special attention to issues such as the soldiers' conduct on and off the battlefield, the army assemblies, the volatile relationship between the troops and their generals, and other related themes, all from the perspective of the rank-and-file. Roisman also re-examines the biases of the ancient sources and how they affected ancient and modern depictions of Alexander's veterans, as well as Alexander's conflicts with his army, the veterans' motives and goals, and their political contributions to Hellenistic history. He pays special attention to the Silver Shields, a group of Macedonian veterans famous for their invincibility and martial prowess, and assesses whether or not they deserved their formidable reputation.


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    Title
    Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joseph Roisman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292735965
    ISBN 10: 0292735960
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    DC22: 938/.08, 938.08
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    LC classification: DF235.4 .R65 2012
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 938.08
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHWA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Illustrations note
    1 figure, 1 map
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    08 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Table of contents
    List of Abbreviations; Preface; Map of Alexander's Campaigns Introduction; 1. Motives and Bias in the History of Hieronymus of Cardia; 2. Alexander and Discontent: The King and His Army in India and Opis, Mesopotamia; 3. The Veterans and the Macedonian Internal Strife in Babylon (323); 4. The Dissolution of the Royal Army, I: The Veterans of Perdiccas and Craterus; 5. The Dissolution of the Royal Army, II: The Veterans of Eumenes, Neoptolemus and Alcetas, and the Meeting in Triparadeisus; 6. The Veterans, Eumenes, and Antigonus in Asia Minor; 7. Eumenes and the Silver Shields; 8. The Silver Shields in Battle and Eumenes' Death; Conclusion Bibliography; Index