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

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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.

Author Biography

Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar and translators. In addition to translating numerous Greek classics, he is the author of Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths, Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia, and the End of the Golden Age, and Athens: A History. He lives in the far south of Greece on a small olive farm.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Illustrationsp. xv
Mapsp. xvi
The Legacy of Alexander the Greatp. 1
The Babylon Conferencesp. 16
Rebellionp. 30
Perdiccas, Ptolemy, and Alexander's Corpsep. 43
The First War of the Successorsp. 57
Polyperchon's Momentp. 69
The Triumph of Cassanderp. 81
Hunting Eumenes in Iranp. 93
Antigonus, Lord of Asiap. 107
The Restoration of Seleucusp. 118
Warfare in Greecep. 128
The End of Antigonusp. 140
The Kingdoms of Ptolemy and Seleucusp. 155
Demetrius Resurgentp. 171
The Fall of Demetriusp. 184
The Last Successorsp. 197
Time Linep. 213
Cast of Charactersp. 219
Genealogiesp. 227
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 265
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