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Kent Rigsby"Blackwell offers a meticulous study of the Harpalus affair in order to analyze the limits of the Macedonians' ability to control Greece. He shows that in the continuing absence of Alexander in the East, those who claimed to speak for the king had increasing difficulty in exercising authority, in part because of their competition with one another. The book is an important answer both to historians who see a constitution in the Macedonian state and to those who think that the state was merely a projection of Alexander's `power.' On Blackwell's showing, Athens in the Harpalus affair exposed both Macedonian authority and Macedonian power as fluid, subject to interpretation, and finally ineffective."
-- Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University