Alexander the Great: A Reader by Ian Worthington

By Ian Worthington

Along with his unparalleled conquests from Greece within the west to India within the East, Alexander the good used to be the kind of guy that legends are made from; therein lies the matter for these learning him. Ought we to just accept clone of a rushing king having fun with a string of dazzling successes, or undertake a extra cynical review, paying attention to the entire hazards of his reign? within the gentle of the proof at our disposal, does he even should be known as ''Great''? This interesting new quantity is an necessary consultant for undergraduates to the learn of Alexander the good, displaying the issues of the traditional resource fabric, and making it transparent that there's no unmarried method of be taken. The 11 thematic chapters include a huge choice of the main major released articles approximately Alexander, interpreting the most parts of discussion and discussion:the assets; Alexander's heritage; Alexander's goals; Alexander and the Greeks; Alexander and Asia; Alexander, India and the ultimate Years; Alexander as basic; Alexander and ''The team spirit of Mankind''; Alexander and Deification; Alexander and Conspiracies; Alexander: The 'Great'? The Reader has the virtue of translating a considerable variety of the extra inaccessible basic resources; each one bankruptcy can be prefaced with a succinct advent to the subject into account.

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The other half was the Assembly, composed of Macedonian citizens, which among other things met to acclaim a king and to judge cases of treason. While it was a powerful organ, the king had the final say in all matters (cf. Curt. 25). Yet before Philip there had been disunity between Upper and Lower Macedon, and the people living in the former owed no allegiance to the capital Pella, situated in Lower Macedon. Philip developed Macedon’s mining, agriculture and trade, and changed it from a near feudal tribal type of society into a wealthy, united and powerful state, with a centralized monarchy.

2; cf. 3). Further, every subject had the right of appeal to the king against an act of his representative, even against an act of Alexander’s ‘General in Europe,’ Antipater, in the last year of Alexander’s life (P. 1 The powers of the king in secular matters were almost absolute. He conducted foreign policy, declaring war and making peace, for instance, at his own discretion. He was sole commander of the Macedonian forces. On campaign he issued orders of all kinds, and he exercised strict discipline, sentencing soldiers to flogging or execution as he thought fit.

3). Despite advice, Alexander left the begetting of heirs too late for the security of the realm. It was his greatest mistake. Wives were chosen by the king for himself and for his children. According to Satyrus (fr. 4), Philip himself married ‘with an eye to war’ (and territorial expansion too); for considerations of state were much involved in royal matches. Thus when the Persians were in Europe the Macedonian king married his daughter to a Persian grandee, and Philip agreed to marry his son Arrhidaeus to the daughter of a Persian satrap.

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