The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World by Frank L. HoltThe Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World by Frank L. Holt

The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World

byFrank L. Holt

Hardcover | November 15, 2017

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War, the most profitable economic activity in the ancient world, transferred wealth from the vanquished to the victor. Invasions, sieges, massacres, annexations, and mass deportations all redistributed property with dramatic consequences for kings and commoners alike. No conqueror evercaptured more people or property in so short a lifetime than Alexander the Great in the late fourth century BC. For all its savagery, the creation of Alexander's empire has generally been hailed as a positive economic event for all concerned. Even those harshly critical of Alexander today tend to praise his plundering of Persia as a means of liberating the moribund resources of the East. To test this popularinterpretation, The Treasures of Alexander the Great investigates the kinds and quantities of treasure seized by the Macedonian king, from gold and silver to land and slaves. It reveals what became of the king's wealth and what Alexander's redistribution of these vast resources can tell us abouthis much-disputed policies and personality. Though Alexander owed his vast fortune to war, battle also distracted him from competently managing his spoils and much was wasted, embezzled, deliberately destroyed, or idled unprofitably. The Treasures of Alexander the Great provides a long-overdue and accessible account of Alexander's wealth andits enormous impact on the ancient world.
Frank L. Holt is Professor of History at the University of Houston. His previous books include Into the Land of Bones, Lost World of the Golden King, and Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions.
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Title:The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.47 × 0.03 inPublished:November 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199950962

ISBN - 13:9780199950966

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