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Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction

Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction

by Pierre Briant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691154457

ISBN-13: 9780691154459

Pub. Date: 03/25/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This is the first publication in English of Pierre Briant's classic short history of Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire, from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Eschewing a conventional biographical focus, this is the only book in any language that sets the rise of Alexander's short-lived empire within the broad context of ancient Near Eastern

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This is the first publication in English of Pierre Briant's classic short history of Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire, from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Eschewing a conventional biographical focus, this is the only book in any language that sets the rise of Alexander's short-lived empire within the broad context of ancient Near Eastern history under Achaemenid Persian rule, as well as against Alexander's Macedonian background. As a renowned historian of both the Macedonians and the Persians, Briant is uniquely able to assess Alexander's significance from the viewpoint of both the conquerors and the conquered, and to trace what changed and what stayed the same as Alexander and the Hellenistic world gained ascendancy over Darius's Persia.

After a short account of Alexander's life before his landing in Asia Minor, the book gives a brief overview of the major stages of his conquest. This background sets the stage for a series of concise thematic chapters that explore the origins and objectives of the conquest; the nature and significance of the resistance it met; the administration, defense, and exploitation of the conquered lands; the varying nature of Alexander's relations with the Macedonians, Greeks, and Persians; and the problems of succession following Alexander's death.

For this translation, Briant has written a new foreword and conclusion, updated the main text and the thematic annotated bibliography, and added a substantial appendix in which he assesses the current state of scholarship on Alexander and suggests some directions for future research. More than ever, this masterful work provides an original and important perspective on Alexander and his empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691154459
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2012
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,178,977
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Translator's Note ix
Foreword to the American Edition xi
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction: Alexander before the Expedition to Asia Minor (356-334) 1

Chapter I: The Major Stages of the Conquest (334-323) 7
From Granicus to the Fall of Tyre (May 334-Summer 332) 7
From Tyre to the Euphrates (Summer 332-Summer 331) 10
The End of Darius and the Final Submission of Greece (Summer 331-Summer 330) 12
Guerillas in the Eastern Satrapies and Macedonian Opposition (Summer 330-Spring 327) 14
The Conquest of India and the Return via the Persian Gulf (327-325) 20
The Last Years (324-323) 22

Chapter II: The Origins and Objectives of the Conquest 24
The Unsatisfactory Nature of Explanations Based on Personality and Psychology 25
The Heritage of Philip II 28
Alexander and the Royal Territories of the Achaemenids 32
"War of Liberation" and "War of Reprisal": The Limits of Alexander's Philhellenism 33
The Conquest of India and Return via the Persian Gulf 37
The Problem of the "Last Plans" 38

Chapter III: Resistance to the Conquest 42
The Resistance of Darius (334-330) 42
Underground Resistance and Open Revolt in Greece 52
Resistance and Reprisals in the Eastern Satrapies (330-327) 54
The Discontent of the Macedonian Soldiery (330-324) 63

Chapter IV: The Administration, Defense, and Exploitation of the Conquered Lands 67
The Different Degrees of Royal Authority 68
Territorial Control and the Management of the Population 80
Conquest and "Economic Development" 83

Chapter V: Alexander among Macedonians, Greeks, and Iranians 101
Conquest and Surrender: Contradiction and Opposition 102
A Policy for the Future (325-323) 126
Conclusion: The King Is Dead! Long Live the King? 139
An Introductory Bibliography 145

Appendix: The History of Alexander Today: A Provisional Assessment and Some Future Directions 153
Index of Toponyms 187
General Index 190

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