Ghost on the Throne The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire

ISBN-10: 0307456609

ISBN-13: 9780307456601

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Authors: James Romm
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Description: Alexander the Great, perhaps the most commanding leader in history, united his empire and his army by the titanic force of his will. His death at the age of thirty-two spelled the end of that unity.The story of Alexander’s conquest of the Persian empire is known to many readers, but the dramatic and consequential saga of the empire’s collapse remains virtually untold. It is a tale of loss that begins with the greatest loss of all, the death of the Macedonian king who had held the empire together.With his demise, it was as if the sun had disappeared from the solar system, as if planets and moons began to spin crazily in new directions, crashing into one another with unimaginable force.Alexander bequeathed his power, legend has it, “to the strongest,” leaving behind a mentally damaged half brother and a posthumously born son as his only heirs. In a strange compromise,bothfigures—Philip III and Alexander IV—were elevated to the kingship, quickly becoming prizes, pawns, fought over by a half-dozen Macedonian generals. Each successor could confer legitimacy on whichever general controlled him.At the book’s center is the monarch’s most vigorous defender; Alexander’s former Greek secretary, now transformed into a general himself. He was a man both fascinating and entertaining, a man full of tricks and connivances, like the enthroned ghost of Alexander that gives the book its title, and becomes the determining factor in the precarious fortunes of the royal family.James Romm, brilliant classicist and storyteller, tells the galvanizing saga of the men who followed Alexander and found themselves incapable of preserving his empire. The result was the undoing of a world, formerly united in a single empire, now ripped apart into a nightmare of warring nation-states struggling for domination, the template of our own times.From the Hardcover edition.

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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Note on Pronunciations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Opening of the Tombs
Bodyguards and Companions
The Testing of Perdiccas
The Athenians' Last Stand (I)
Resistance, Rebellion, Reconquest
The Athenians' Last Stand (II)
A Death on the Nile
The Fortunes of Eumenes
The War Comes Home
Duels to the Death
The Closing of the Tombs
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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