Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Greats Empire

Paperback | October 11, 2012

byRobin Waterfield

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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.

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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 a...

Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar and translator. 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, From Ancient Ideal to Modern City. He lives in the far south of Greece on ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199931521

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List of IllustrationsList of MapsPrefaceAcknowledgementsMaps1. The Legacy of Alexander the Great2. The Babylon Conferences3. Rebellion4. Perdiccas, Ptolemy, and Alexander's Corpse5. The First War of the Successors6. Polyperchon's Moment7. The Triumph of Cassander8. Hunting Eumenes in Iran9. Antigonus, Lord of Asia10. The Restoration of Seleucus11. Warfare in Greece12. The End of Antigonus13. The Kingdoms of Ptolemy and Seleucus14. Demetrius Resurgent15. The Fall of Demetrius16. The Last SuccessorsTimelineCast of CharactersGenealogiesNotesBibliographyIndex