Antigonus II Gonatas: A Political Biography

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Blunt, honest and tenacious, Antigonus II Gonatas assumed the title King of Macedonia in 283 BC and reigned for more than forty years. Pragmatic and occasionally ruthless, he was a well-educated man with a keen interest in philosophy. He gathered about him poets,

philosophers and historians; his long reign, despite vicissitudes, re-established Macedonia as a nation. Janice J. Gabbert portrays the eventful life of this enigmatic king in a lively and engaging manner. Her aim is to trace the political career of a man about whose life almost no

official records survive. Taking into account the most recent epigraphical evidence, the author brings to life a fascinating political figure.This is the first study entirely devoted to Antigonus for over eighty years.

overlooked, figures in Hellenistic history. -- Craige Championclassical world

The work is well-researched, sensible, and intelligent. Historians of the Hellenistic world will consult it with profit. -- Erich S.Gruen, Scripta Classica Israelica

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Takes up the challenge of tracing the political career of someone about whom almost no official records remain, who named himself King of Macedonia in 285 BC, actually became ruler in 276, reigned for more than 40 years, and re-established Macedonia as a nation. Drawing on recent epigraphical evidence, portrays him as blunt, honest, and tenacious, but also well-educated and interested in philosophy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415018999
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Antigonid kings of Macedonia
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1 The Early Years 1
2 The Apprentice King 8
3 Anarchy and Recovery 21
4 The Struggle With Pyrrhus 29
5 The Greek Hegemony 33
6 The Chremonidean War 45
7 An Old Man's Troubles 54
8 The Nature of the Monarchy 59
9 The Man and the King 68
Notes 73
Bibliography 80
Index 87
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