After Alexander.

By Victor Monso Troncoso Edward M Anson

Printed: 2013

Publisher: Oxbow Books. Oxford

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 18 × 25 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 18 x 25 x 3

Condition: As new  (See explanation of ratings)

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Glossy board binding with black title and photograph of an Uzebistan fortress.

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When Alexander the Great died in 323 BC without a chosen successor he left behind a huge empire and ushered in a turbulent period, as his generals fought for control of vast territories. The time of the Successors (Diadochi) is usually defined as beginning in 323 BC and ending with the deaths of the last two Successors in 281 BC. This is a major publication devoted to the Successors and contains eighteen papers reflecting current research. Several papers attempt to unravel the source history of the very limited remaining narrative accounts and add additional materials through cuneiform and Byzantine texts. Specific historical issues addressed include the role of so-called royal flatterers and whether Alexander’s old guard did continue to serve into their sixties and seventies. Three papers reflect the recent conscious effort by many to break away from the Hellenocentric view of the predominantly Greek sources, by examining the role of the conquered, specifically the prominent roles played by Iranians in the administration and military of Alexander and his Successors, pockets of Iranian resistance which eventually blossomed into Hellenistic kingdoms ruled by sovereigns proclaiming their direct connection to an Iranian past and a continuation of Iranian influence through an examination of the roles played by certain of the Diadochis Iranian wives. The papers in the final section analyse the use of varying forms of propaganda. These include the use of the concept of Freedom of the Greeks as a means of manipulating opinion in the Greek world; how Ptolemy used a snake cult associated with the foundation of Alexandria in Egypt to link his kingship with that of Alexander; and the employment of elephant images to advertise the authority of particular rulers.


In all this eclectic collection makes for a fascinating read covering a subject that in many ways has for too long been overlooked and underappreciated. ― Bryn Mawr Classical Review

About the AuthorEdward M. Anson is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He has authored or edited eight books, including Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians Revised 2nd edition (E. J. Brill, 2015), Alexander’s Heirs: The Age of the Successors 323-281 BC (Wiley/Blackwell, 2014); Alexander the Great: Themes and issues (Bloomsbury, 2013; After Alexander: The Age of the Diadochi (323-281 BC) with Victor Alonso Troncoso (Oxbow Books, 2013); published over thirty articles in referred journals, twenty-six book chapters, and over fifty encyclopaedia articles. He is an associate editor of the Ancient History Bulletin, an Assessor for Classics for the Australian Research Council, and a fellow of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Hellenistic Studies.

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