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Alexander's Heirs: The Age of the Successors

Edward M. Anson

ISBN: 978-1-118-86242-1 April 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages


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

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

“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)