Philip II and Alexander the Great

Philip II and Alexander the Great : Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives


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The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways: Philip II centralized ancient Macedonia, created an army of unprecedented skill and flexibility, came to dominate the Greek peninsula, and planned the invasion of the Persian Empire with a combined Graeco-Macedonian force, but it was Alexander who actually led the invading forces, defeated the great Persian Empire, took his army to the borders of modern India, and created a monarchy and empire that, despite its fragmentation, shaped the political, cultural, and religious world of the Hellenistic era. Alexander drove the engine his father had built, but had he not done so, Philip>'s achievements might have proved as ephemeral as had those of so many earlier Macedonian rulers. On the other hand, some scholars believe that Alexander played a role, direct or indirect, in the murder of his father, so that he could lead the expedition to Asia that his father had organized. In short, it is difficult to understand or assess one without considering the other. This collection of previously unpublished articles looks at the careers and impact of father and son together. Some of the articles consider only one of the Macedonian rulers although most deal with both, and with the relationship, actual or imagined, between the two. The volume will contain articles on military and political history but also articles that look at the self-generated public images of Philip and Alexander, the counter images created by their enemies, and a number that look at how later periods understood them, concluding with the Hollywood depiction of the relationship. Despite the plethora of collected works that deal with Philip and Alexander, this volume promises to make a genuine contribution to the field by focusing specifically on their relationship to one another.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 black and white illustrations
  • 0199738157
  • 9780199738151
  • 489,410

Review quote

The editors of this volume, Elizabeth Carney and Daniel Ogden, have done an excellent job in assembling this collection of papers by scholars from diverse backgrounds, and with a variety of approaches to the theme. Hermathena No. 190

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About Professor of History Elizabeth Carney

Elizabeth Carney is Professor of History at Clemson University. Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History, University of Exeter.

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Table of contents

PREFACE ; TABLE OF CONTENTS ; NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; LIST OF FIGURES ; INTRODUCTION ; I. FATHER, SON, AND COURT ; 1. The "Pixodarus Affair" Reconsidered Again. Stephen Ruzicka. ; 2. The Bearded King and the Beardless Hero: from Philip II to Alexander the Great. Victor Alonso Troncoso. ; 3. In the Shadow of his Father: Alexander, Hermolaus, and the Legend of Philip. Sabine Muller. ; 4. Philip's Eurydice in the Philippeum at Olympia. Olga Palagia. ; 5. Putting Women in Their Place: Women in Public under Philip II and Alexander III and the Last Argeads. Elizabeth Carney. ; 6. The Symposia of Philip II and Alexander III of Macedon - the View From Greece. Frances Pownall. ; II. PHILIP AND ALEXANDER AT WAR ; 7. Consensus Strategies under Philip and Alexander: the Revenge Theme. Giuseppe Squillace. ; 8. The Asthetairoi: Macedonia's Hoplites. Edward M. Anson. ; 9. The Argeads and the Phalanx. A. B. Bosworth. ; 10. Scythed Chariots at Gaugamela: a Case Study. Waldemar Heckel, Carolyn Willekes, Graham Wrightson. ; III. AFTER PHILIP AND ALEXANDER: LEGACY AND LEGITIMATION ; 11. Cassander and the Legacy of Philip II and Alexander III in Diodorus' Library. Franca Landucci Gattinoni. ; 12. The Role of the Argeadai in the Legitimation of the Ptolemaic Dynasty: Rhetoric and Practice. Margarita Lianou. ; 13. Hieronymus of Cardia: Causation and Bias from Alexander to his Successors. Joseph Roisman. ; IV. RECEPTION OF FATHER AND SON ; 14. Argead Dunasteia during the Reigns of Philip II and Alexander III: Aristotle Reconsidered. William Greenwalt. ; 15. "Worldwide Empire" vs "Glorious Enterprise": Diodorus and Justin on Philip II and Alexander the Great. Ian Worthington. ; 16. "You should never meet your heroesL": Growing up with Alexander, the Valerius Maximus way. Diana Spencer. ; 17. His Son's Father? Philip II in the Second Sophistic Sulochana Asirvatham. ; 18. Alexander in the Underworld. Daniel Ogden. ; 19. "And your father sees you": Paternity in Alexander (2004). Gideon Nisbet. ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX

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