Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 1993 - History - 330 pages
The reign of Alexander the Great of Macedon witnessed the military conquest of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian army, the physical transit of the known world from the Danube to the Indus and the beginnings of the mass migration which was to expand the horizons of hellenism far into the Near East. In this book, the author attempts an up-to-date survey of the period in all its aspects. The title reflects two main focuses: the process by which empire was acquired and the means by which the conquered territory was controlled, exploited and administered. The campaigns of Alexander in Europe and Asia are chronicled in detail in Part One. Although much of the emphasis of the book, thanks to the Alexander-centred writers of antiquity, is on episodes where the king is protagonist, the discussion attempts to widen the perspective and examine the impact of the reign at all levels. There is a detailed account of the Greek mainland, explaining what Macedonian suzerainty implied and how the various city states adapted to it, and a survey of the individual components of empire and the largely haphazard system of administration that evolved after conquest. The Macedonian army is examined in its role as the intrument of conquest, and its evolution during the reign is analyzed. Finally, there is an essay on the origins of the ruler cult. These more detailed thematic studies complement and enlarge upon the running narrative of campaigns and events, to present full coverage in breadth and depth.
 

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Contents

Prologue
5
2 The young Alexander
19
The gaining of empire 336323 BC
25
2 Consolidation in Europe
28
3 First victory
35
4 The Aegean coast summer 334 BC
44
5 From Halicarnassus to Cilicia autumn 334 to summer 333 BC
49
6 The campaign of Issus
55
Epilogue the shape of things to come
174
Thematic Studies
183
A Mainland Greece in Alexanders reign
187
2 Agis III of Sparta and the war for Megalopolis
198
3 Athens under the administration of Lycurgus
204
4 Athens and the advent of Harpalus
215
5 The Exiles Decree and its effects
220
B Alexander and his empire
229

7 The conquest of the Syrian coast 332 BC
64
8 The occupation of Egypt winter 3321 BC
68
9 The campaign of Gaugamela
74
10 Babylonia and Persis winter 3310 BC
85
11 The occupation of Eastern Iran
94
the downfall of Philotas
101
13 The conquest of the Northeast Frontier
104
14 The advance to India
119
15 The campaign of the Hydaspes
125
16 From the Hydaspes to the Southern Ocean
130
17 The march through Gedrosia
139
18 From Carmania to Susa
146
19 The final year
158
2 Financial administration
241
3 The new foundations
245
4 The Greeks of Asia Minor
250
C Alexander and the army
259
333323 BC
266
3 The use of oriental troops
271
4 The structure of command
273
D The divinity of Alexander
278
Appendices
291
Bibliography
295
2 Modern authors
300
Index
315
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