Alexander the Great's Legacy
The Decline of Macedonian Europe in the Wake of the Wars of the Successors
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
320 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 20 color illustrations
- March 2022
- In Stock
This was a period during which Cassander and Lysimachus had seemed about to construct durable Europe based polities and had seen the likes of Demetrius Poliorcetes and Pyrrhus of Epirus battling and besieging across Macedonia,Thrace and Greece.
The story that unfolds here explores how both the unique character and the particular legacy left when Alexander died at Babylon in 323 ,at the romantically youthful age of 32 , ensured that his homeland failed to gain the kind of imperial dividend that accrued to others of the world’s great Empires. For Macedon there was not the thousand years of glory that was the extraordinary destiny of the Romans, nor even the two hundred years of Persian primacy, only 50 or so years of strife and trauma ending in a Galatian deluge that threatened the sacred site at Delphi and had remarkable parallels to the earlier Persian invasions of the Greek world that Alexander had claimed to avenge.
“Mike Robert’s work can be regarded as an accessible introductory read to the epoch. It is recommended for its target audience, non-specialist readers who favor an engagingly written narrative with a focus on military encounters. The depictions of the battles represent the best parts of the book, as the author succeeds in making the dynamic and intensity of the fighting tangible.” ~Bryn Mawr Classical Review