Granicus 334BC: Alexander's First Persian Victory

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Granicus River was Alexander's first great victory over the Persians, where he demonstrated the heroic style of active and decisive leadership that was the hallmark of his career. After assuming the throne of Macedonia in 336BC and consolidating his hold on mainland Greece, Alexander crossed the Hellespont to face the Persians at the steep banks of the Granicus.

In the initial engagement, Alexander's 5,000 cavalry, supported by archers and javelin men, routed a force of 20,000 ...

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Overview

Granicus River was Alexander's first great victory over the Persians, where he demonstrated the heroic style of active and decisive leadership that was the hallmark of his career. After assuming the throne of Macedonia in 336BC and consolidating his hold on mainland Greece, Alexander crossed the Hellespont to face the Persians at the steep banks of the Granicus.

In the initial engagement, Alexander's 5,000 cavalry, supported by archers and javelin men, routed a force of 20,000 Persian cavalry. Leading the charge, Alexander came close to death, narrowly missing having his head split in two, but eventually triumphed, allowing his infantry to massacre the Greek army, which was hired by the Persians.

This convincing victory was the springboard for the subjugation of the coastal cities, the neutralization of the Persian navy, and ultimately the conquest of the Persian Empire.

Exploring the courageous leadership of one of the world's most inspirational yet ruthless leaders, this book provides a detailed analysis of the battle, strategy, and tactics of the forces engaged.

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"This title provides a detailed analysis of the battle. Alexander's 5,000 cavalry routed a force of 20,000 Persian cavalry. This victory was the springboard for the subjugation of the coastal cities and ultimately the conquest of the Persian Empire." -Neoproprealism (May 2008)

"For those who are interested in the life of Alexander, this is an excellent book that shows just how well he was able to plan and execute his campaigns. A book that is interesting to all and one I know you will find enjoyable to read." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (August 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846030994
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Thompson has a Masters Degree in ancient history from Oxford, where he wrote a thesis on the political and military career of the Hellenistic monarch Demetrius Poliorcetes (the 'Besieger'). He also has degrees in philosophy from universities in the United States. He has had a long interest in military history, including academic work, archaeology and gaming. He currently lives in Oxford, UK. The author lives in Oxfordshire, UK.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
The Graeco-Persian Wars
Chronology     16
Opposing Commanders     17
Macedonian
Persian
Opposing Armies     24
Macedonia and her allies
Persian and their Greek mercenaries
Opposing Plans     32
Macedonian plans
Persian plans
Campaign     36
The ancient sources
Battle     53
Terrain and topography
Preliminaries to the battle
Aftermath     81
The march south to the coast
The siege of Halicarnassus
The Battlefield Today     86
Bibliography     92
Index     95
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