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The Legacy of Alexander: Politics, Warfare and Propaganda Under the Successors

The Legacy of Alexander: Politics, Warfare and Propaganda Under the Successors

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By (author) A.B. Bosworth

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 26mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198153066
  • ISBN 13: 9780198153061
  • Illustrations note: maps

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This major study by a leading expert is dedicated to the thirty years after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. It deals with the emergence of the Successor monarchies and examines the factors which brought success and failure. Some of the central themes are the struggle for pre-eminence after Alexander's death, the fate of the Macedonian army of conquest, and the foundation of Seleucus' monarchy. Bosworth also examines the statesman and historian Hieronymus of Cardia, concentrating on his treatment of widow burning in India and nomadism in Arabia. Another highlight is the first full analysis of the epic struggle between Antigonus and Eumenes (318-316), one of the most important and decisive campaigns of the ancient world.

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Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia

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The Legacy of Alexander offers careful and sophisticated analysis of a variety of subjects concerning the Diadochs. Some of these are given full treatment here for the first time, particularly the conflict between Eumenes and Antigonos in Iran. Bosworth's extensive account of that campaign with its frozen salt deserts, intrigue and treason, is not only detailed and insightful but entertaining as well. Bryn Mawr Classical Review ... the six essays that make up The Legacy of Alexander offer important, and often fascinating, examinations of many aspects of the genesis of the Hellenistic kingdoms. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Bosworth displays all his historiographical and analytical skills in focussing on some of the major players of this confused and confusing epoch. Anglo-Hellenic Review What Bosworth doesn't know about the period around the life of Alexander the Great can be written on the back of a penny black, so the accuracy and content of this work is in no doubt. JACT Review

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. The Politics of the Babylon Settlement ; 3. Macedonian Numbers at the Death of Alexander the Great ; 4. Turbulent Satraps and Frozen Elephants: The Campaign in Iran ; 5. Hieronymus' Ethnography: Indian Widows and Nabataean Nomads ; 6. The Rise of Seleucus ; 7. Hellenistic Monarchy: Success and Legitimation ; CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS BETWEEN 323 AND 311 BC