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Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction

Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction

by Pierre Briant
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ISBN-13: 2900691154458
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/25/2012
Edition description: NE
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Pierre Briant is the Professor of the History and Civilization of the Achaemenid World and the Empire of Alexander the Great at the Collège de France. His many books include From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Translator's Note ix

Foreword to the American Edition xi

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: Alexander before the Expedition to Asia Minor (356-334) 1

Chapter I: The Major Stages of the Conquest (334-323) 7

From Granicus to the Fall of Tyre (May 334-Summer 332) 7

From Tyre to the Euphrates (Summer 332-Summer 331) 10

The End of Darius and the Final Submission of Greece (Summer 331-Summer 330) 12

Guerillas in the Eastern Satrapies and Macedonian Opposition (Summer 330-Spring 327) 14

The Conquest of India and the Return via the Persian Gulf (327-325) 20

The Last Years (324-323) 22

Chapter II: The Origins and Objectives of the Conquest 24

The Unsatisfactory Nature of Explanations Based on Personality and Psychology 25

The Heritage of Philip II 28

Alexander and the Royal Territories of the Achaemenids 32

"War of Liberation" and "War of Reprisal": The Limits of Alexander's Philhellenism 33

The Conquest of India and Return via the Persian Gulf 37

The Problem of the "Last Plans" 38

Chapter III: Resistance to the Conquest 42

The Resistance of Darius (334-330) 42

Underground Resistance and Open Revolt in Greece 52

Resistance and Reprisals in the Eastern Satrapies (330-327) 54

The Discontent of the Macedonian Soldiery (330-324) 63

Chapter IV: The Administration, Defense, and Exploitation of the Conquered Lands 67

The Different Degrees of Royal Authority 68

Territorial Control and the Management of the Population 80

Conquest and "Economic Development" 83

Chapter V: Alexander among Macedonians, Greeks, and Iranians 101

Conquest and Surrender: Contradiction and Opposition 102

A Policy for the Future (325-323) 126

Conclusion: The King Is Dead! Long Live the King? 139

An Introductory Bibliography 145

Appendix: The History of Alexander Today: A Provisional Assessment and Some Future Directions 153

Index of Toponyms 187

General Index 190

What People are Saying About This

Ian Worthington

Pierre Briant is a scholar of the highest international standing. His book is set apart from the plethora of biographies of Alexander the Great by its focus on his origins and aims, the way he administered and organized his empire, and especially his impact on the areas he conquered, the last of which almost no other books address.
Ian Worthington, author of "Alexander the Great: Man and God and Philip II of Macedonia"

Lawrence Tritle

In this long-awaited translation, Pierre Briant's study of Alexander the Great finally reaches English readers. Briant's account reveals exciting new connections to this old story of Greek triumph, illuminating the vibrant Persian Empire as never before and giving us a picture of Alexander that is different from the often distorted accounts that have prevailed since the Enlightenment. This is a book not to be missed.
Lawrence Tritle, Loyola Marymount University

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