Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives

by Elizabeth Carney, Daniel Ogden
     
 

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The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways: Philip II centralized ancient Macedonia, created an army of unprecedented skill and flexibility, came to dominate the Greek peninsula, and planned the invasion of the Persian Empire with a combined Graeco-Macedonian force, but it was Alexander who actually led

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The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways: Philip II centralized ancient Macedonia, created an army of unprecedented skill and flexibility, came to dominate the Greek peninsula, and planned the invasion of the Persian Empire with a combined Graeco-Macedonian force, but it was Alexander who actually led the invading forces, defeated the great Persian Empire, took his army to the borders of modern India, and created a monarchy and empire that, despite its fragmentation, shaped the political, cultural, and religious world of the Hellenistic era. Alexander drove the engine his father had built, but had he not done so, Philip's achievements might have proved as ephemeral as had those of so many earlier Macedonian rulers. On the other hand, some scholars believe that Alexander played a role, direct or indirect, in the murder of his father, so that he could lead the expedition to Asia that his father had organized. In short, it is difficult to understand or assess one without considering the other. This collection of previously unpublished articles looks at the careers and impact of father and son together. Some of the articles consider only one of the Macedonian rulers although most deal with both, and with the relationship, actual or imagined, between the two. The volume will contain articles on military and political history but also articles that look at the self-generated public images of Philip and Alexander, the counter images created by their enemies, and a number that look at how later periods understood them, concluding with the Hollywood depiction of the relationship. Despite the plethora of collected works that deal with Philip and Alexander, this volume promises to make a genuine contribution to the field by focusing specifically on their relationship to one another.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"19 well-written studies about a broad range of subjects of scholarship on Philip II and Alexander the Great. In my view each paper will be of interest to specialists on individual topics of Greek and Macedonian history." —Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"[This] book has a nice balance between articles examining the actual historical traditions or archaeological evidence and those investigating the reception of Philip and Alexander in ancient traditions and modern interpretations. This volume will be a true contribution to Macedonian and Alexander's studies." —Greece and Rome

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199738151
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Carney is Professor of History at Clemson University.
Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History, University of Exeter.

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