By Andrew Erskine

Protecting the interval from the dying of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative spouse explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't stay to work out.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays through top overseas scholars.
  • Essential analyzing for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very newest research.
  • Covers a huge diversity of themes, spanning political, spiritual, social, fiscal and cultural history.

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It is to the Augustan age that we owe the only extant narratives of the hundred years or so which followed Alexander’s death, one in Greek by Diodoros, the other in Latin by Pompeius Trogus, although Trogus is known only through a later and not always reliable abridgement composed by a certain Justin. Both are universal histories, that is to say they take the history of the world as their subject, or rather the Greco-Roman world. Their composition at this time and the emphasis they place on the Hellenistic period may indicate a sense of closure, a realization that Rome now controlled the East and that the era of the great kingdoms was over.

What kind of succession could there be? The throne of Macedon itself had tended to change hands in bloody fashion, so that war and murder were to be expected. Now the prize was far more extensive and diverse. Alexander’s campaign had cut so great a swathe through the empire of Achaimenid Persia that he had effectively replaced the Persian king while also remaining king of Macedon and master of Greece. And yet much of the Achaimenid Empire had not really been conquered at all: Cappadocia was held by an Ariarathes.

And so he waited. Meanwhile, the claims of Herakles, the son of Iranian Barsine and said to be Alexander’s, were rejected fiercely: Alexander had not acknowledged his paternity. The importance of Alexander’s blood, where it could be proved, is confu-med by the emergence of his half-brother Philip Arrhidaios, who was acclaimed by the army as Perdikkas hesitated. Philip Arrhidaios, we are told, was mentally disabled: some blamed Olympias, in the fog of propaganda surrounding the succession-crisis (on which Bosworth 1971).

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