The Macedonian Empire: The Era of Warfare Under Philip II and Alexander the Great, 359-323 B.C.

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The Macedonian Empire lasted only 36 years, beginning with Philip II's assumption of the throne in 359 B.C. and ending with the death of his son Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. In that span, the two leaders changed the map in the known world. Philip established new tactics that forever ended the highly stylized mode that had characterized Classic Greek warfare, and Alexander's superb leadership made the army an unstoppable force.

This work first examines the 11 great armies and three great navies of the era, along with their operations and logistics. The primary focus is then on each campaign and significant battle fought by Philip or Alexander, detailing how the battles were fought, the tactics of the opposing armies, and how the Macedonians were able to triumph.

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massive...well-argued study...thoroughly footnoted
C&RL News
brings together everything known about the military campaigns of Alexander and his father Philip II. Unlike many other histories, [this book] gives ample attention to Phillip's generalship
Massive...well-argued study...thoroughly footnoted.
C&RL News
Brings together everything known about the military campaigns of Alexander and his father Philip II. Unlike many other histories, [this book] gives ample attention to Phillip's generalship.
This military history examines the 11 great armies of the era, including those of Athens, Sparta, Persia, and India, as well as Macedonia, and the three great navies, those of Athens, Persia, and Macedonia, discussing the makeup, weaponry, and tactics of each military force. The focus is on each campaign and significant battle fought by Philip and Alexander, and the tactics that allowed the Macedonian army to triumph over its opponents. Includes a comprehensive chronology of the Empire and a full glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419180
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer James R. Ashley worked for 21 years in various aspects of the banking industry. He now writes full-time in Racine, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps by Subject
Preface 1
Introduction 5
Pt. I Ancient Warfare
1 The Armies 13
2 Siege Operations 73
3 Logistics 80
4 Naval Operations 83
Pt. II The Reign of Philip II
5 Campaigns of Philip II 111
Pt. III Campaigns of Alexander the Great
6 Greece 165
7 The Western Persian Empire 184
8 The Eastern Persian Empire 282
9 India 306
10 The Southern Persian Empire 342
11 Return to Babylon 352
12 Arabia 357
A Peace of Philocrates 361
B Assassination Attempts Against Alexander 365
C Macedonian Army Mutinies 369
D Hephaestion's Funeral 374
E Mileage of Alexander's Campaigns 376
F Alexander's Income and Expenses 377
G Alexander's Funeral Train 383
H Kings and Satraps 385
I Chronology of the Macedonian Empire 392
Glossary 407
Notes 441
Bibliography 467
Index 471
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