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Dividing the Spoils The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

ISBN-10: 0199931526
ISBN-13: 9780199931521
Edition: N/A
Authors: Robin Waterfield
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Description: Alexander the Great conquered an enormous empire - stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent - and his death triggered forty bloody years of world-changing events. These were years filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion,  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Alexander the Great conquered an enormous empire - stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent - and his death triggered forty bloody years of world-changing events. These were years filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion, assassinations, dynastic marriages, treachery, shiftingalliances, and mass slaughter on battlefield after battlefield. And while the men fought on the field, the women, such as Alexander's mother Olympias, schemed from their palaces and pavilions.Dividing the Spoils serves up a fast-paced narrative that captures this turbulent time as it revives the memory of the Successors of Alexander and their great contest for his empire. The Successors, Robin Waterfield shows, were no mere plunderers. Indeed, Alexander left things in great disarray atthe time of his death, with no guaranteed succession, no administration in place suitable for such a large realm, and huge untamed areas both bordering and within his empire. It was the Successors - battle-tested companions of Alexander such as Ptolemy, Perdiccas, Seleucus, and Antigonus theOne-Eyed - who consolidated Alexander's gains. Their competing ambitions, however, eventually led to the break-up of the empire. To tell their story in full, Waterfield draws upon a wide range of historical materials, providing the first account that makes complete sense of this highly complexperiod.Astonishingly, this period of brutal, cynical warfare was also characterized by brilliant cultural achievements, especially in the fields of philosophy, literature, and art. A new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle, and, in addition to chronicling political and military events,Waterfield provides ample discussion of the amazing cultural flowering of the early Hellenistic Age.

Roland Chambers studied film and literature in Poland and at New York University before returning to England in 1998. He has worked as a private investigator specialising in Russian politics and business, and is also a children's author. He currently divides his time between London and Connecticut, where his wife teaches literature at Yale. The Last Englishman is his first biography.Robin Waterfield's previous book for Faber was Xenophon's Retreat. In 2005 he published a new translation of Xenophon's Anabasis as Xenophon: The Expedition of Cyrus. He is also the author of Athens: A History and has translated works by Euripides, Plutarch, Herodotus, Aristotle, and Plato, as well as other works by Xenophon.

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Maps
The Legacy of Alexander the Great
The Babylon Conferences
Rebellion
Perdiccas, Ptolemy, and Alexander's Corpse
The First War of the Successors
Polyperchon's Moment
The Triumph of Cassander
Hunting Eumenes in Iran
Antigonus, Lord of Asia
The Restoration of Seleucus
Warfare in Greece
The End of Antigonus
The Kingdoms of Ptolemy and Seleucus
Demetrius Resurgent
The Fall of Demetrius
The Last Successors
Time Line
Cast of Characters
Genealogies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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