Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

Hardcover | June 26, 2010

byElizabeth Carney, Daniel Ogden

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The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways: Philip II centralized ancient Macedonia, created an army of unprecedented skill and flexibility, came to dominate the Greek peninsula, and planned the invasion of the Persian Empire with acombined Graeco-Macedonian force, but it was Alexander who actually led the invading forces, defeated the great Persian Empire, took his army to the borders of modern India, and created a monarchy and empire that, despite its fragmentation, shaped the political, cultural, and religious world of theHellenistic era. Alexander drove the engine his father had built, but had he not done so, Philip's achievements might have proved as ephemeral as had those of so many earlier Macedonian rulers. On the other hand, some scholars believe that Alexander played a role, direct or indirect, in the murderof his father, so that he could lead the expedition to Asia that his father had organized. In short, it is difficult to understand or assess one without considering the other. This collection of previously unpublished articles looks at the careers and impact of father and son together. Some of thearticles consider only one of the Macedonian rulers although most deal with both, and with the relationship, actual or imagined, between the two. The volume will contain articles on military and political history but also articles that look at the self-generated public images of Philip andAlexander, the counter images created by their enemies, and a number that look at how later periods understood them, concluding with the Hollywood depiction of the relationship. Despite the plethora of collected works that deal with Philip and Alexander, this volume promises to make a genuinecontribution to the field by focusing specifically on their relationship to one another.

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The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways: Philip II centralized ancient Macedonia, created an army of unprecedented skill and flexibility, came to dominate the Greek peninsula, and planned the invasion of the Persian Empire with acombined Graeco-Macedonian force, but it was Ale...

Elizabeth Carney is Professor of History at Clemson University. Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNotes on contributorsAbbreviationsList of figuresIntroductionPart I: Father, Son, and Court1. Stephen Ruzicka: The "Pixodarus Affair" Reconsidered Again2. Victor Alonso Troncoso: The Bearded King and the Beardless Hero: from Philip II to Alexander the Great3. Sabine Muller: In the Shadow of his Father: Alexander, Hermolaus, and the Legend of Philip4. Olga Palagia: Philip's Eurydice in the Philippeum at Olympia5. Elizabeth Carney: Putting Women in Their Place: Women in Public under Philip II and Alexander III and the Last Argeads6. Frances Pownall: The Symposia of Philip II and Alexander III of Macedon - the View From GreecePart II: Philip and Alexander at War7. Giuseppe Squillace: Consensus Strategies under Philip and Alexander: the Revenge Theme8. Edward M. Anson: The Asthetairoi: Macedonia's Hoplites9. A. B. Boswor: The Argeads and the Phalanx10. Waldemar Heckel, Carolyn Willekes, Graham Wrightson: Scythed Chariots at Gaugamela: a Case Study.Part III: After Philip and Alexander: Legacy and Legitimat11. Franca Landucci Gattinoni: Cassander and the Legacy of Philip II and Alexander III in Diodorus' Library12. Margarita Lianou: The Role of the Argeadai in the Legitimation of the Ptolemaic Dynasty: Rhetoric and Practice13. Joseph Roisman: Hieronymus of Cardia: Causation and Bias from Alexander to his SuccessorsPart IV: Reception of Father and Son14. William Greenwalt: Argead Dunasteia during the Reigns of Philip II and Alexander III: Aristotle Reconsidered15. Ian Worthington: "Worldwide Empire" vs "Glorious Enterprise": Diodorus and Justin on Philip II and Alexander the Great16. Diana Spencer: "You should never meet your heroesL": Growing up with Alexander, the Valerius Maximus way17. Sulochana Asirvatham: His Son's Father? Philip II in the Second Sophistic18. Daniel Ogden: Alexander in the Underworld19. Gideon Nisbet: "And your father sees you": Paternity in Alexander (2004)BibliographyIndex