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Alexander's Heirs: The Age of the Successors

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3962-8
248 pages
July 2014, Wiley-Blackwell


Alexander’s Heirs offers a narrative account of the approximately forty years following the death of Alexander the Great, during which his generals vied for control of his vast empire, and through their conflicts and politics ultimately created the Hellenistic Age.
  • Offers an account of the power struggles between Alexander’s rival generals in the forty  year period following his death
  • Discusses how Alexander’s vast empire ultimately became the Hellenistic World
  • Makes full use of primary and secondary sources
  • Accessible to a broad audience of students, university scholars, and the educated general reader
  • Explores important scholarly debates on the Diadochi
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations vii

Chronology ix

Preface xvii


Regions of Macedonia xix

Greece and Asia Minor xx

The Hellenistic world xxi

1 Introduction 1

2 The Death of a Conqueror 11

3 The Funeral Games Begin 47

4 The End of a Dynasty 83

Chronology from Spring 318 to Spring 315 116

5 “War, both the King and Father of All” 125

Chronology from 314 to 306 157

6 The End of the Diadochi 165

Chronology from 306 to 281 184

7 Epilogue: The New World 189

Bibliography 197

Index 215

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Author Information

Edward M. Anson is Professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is the author of Alexander the Great: Themes and Issues (2013) and Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians (2004), and co-editor of After Alexander: The Time of the Diadochi (323-281 BC) (with V.Alonso Troncoso, 2013).
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“A reliable guide through the seemingly endless wars of the period has long been a desideratum for teachers and students.  Anson (Univ. of Arkansas) addresses that need with this book… Summing Up: Essential. Belongs in all university libraries.”  (Choice, 1 March 2015)

Alexander’s Heirs is a concise, but thoroughly documented, study of the formative years (323-281 BCE) of the Hellenistic age by an insightful and highly respected scholar. Students, teachers, and researchers will find it an indispensable and infallible guide to one of the most complex and exciting periods of ancient history.”
—Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary, Canada

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