Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

by Adrian Goldsworthy


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This definitive biography of one of history's most influential father-son duos tells the story of two rulers who gripped the world — and their rise and fall from power.

Alexander the Great's conquests staggered the world. He led his army across thousands of miles, overthrowing the greatest empires of his time and building a new one in their place. He claimed to be the son of a god, but he was actually the son of Philip II of Macedon.

Philip inherited a minor kingdom that was on the verge of dismemberment, but despite his youth and inexperience, he made Macedonia dominant throughout Greece. It was Philip who created the armies that Alexander led into war against Persia. In Philip and Alexander, classical historian Adrian Goldsworthy shows that without the work and influence of his father, Alexander could not have achieved so much. This is the groundbreaking biography of two men who together conquered the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541646698
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 42,218
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy received his DPhil in ancient history from Oxford and has taught at Cardiff University, King's College, and the University of Notre Dame in London. The author of numerous books, including Pax Romana, How Rome Fell, and Caesar, he lives in South Wales, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures ix

Chronology x

Introduction "Some Talk of Alexander" 1

Part 1 Philip II

Chapter 1 In the Beginning 15

Chapter 2 Crisis 29

Chapter 3 Macedonian, Greek, and Barbarian 47

Chapter 4 Alliances and Wives 69

Chapter 5 War and Its Price 79

Chapter 6 "I Did Not Run Away": Defeat in Thessaly 93

Chapter 7 The Avenger 105

Chapter 8 Peace 119

Chapter 9 The Prince 133

Chapter 10 Old and New Enemies 151

Chapter 11 Chaeronea 163

Chapter 12 Love and Persia 179

Chapter 13 "Wreathed Is the Bull": Passion, Ambition, and Revenge 193

Part 2 Alexander and Persia

Chapter 14 The Example 209

Chapter 15 The Army and the Enemy 225

Chapter 16 The River 243

Chapter 17 The Gordian Knot 261

Chapter 18 "Then Truly There Was Great Bloodshed": The Battle of Issus, 333 BC 275

Chapter 19 "Manifestly a Large Task": The Siege of Tyre 291

Chapter 20 An Oasis and a God 307

Chapter 21 The Battle of Gaugamela 319

Chapter 22 "The Most Hateful of the Cities of Asia" 337

Chapter 23 An End and a Beginning 349

Chapter 24 The Upright Tiara 367

Part 3 Lord of Asia

Chapter 25 The Sword and the Flame 381

Chapter 26 "Poorer for a Kiss" 397

Chapter 27 India 411

Chapter 28 Victory into Retreat 431

Chapter 29 Sea and Sand 449

Chapter 30 The Return of the King 461

Chapter 31 "An Utter Loss" 477

Epilogue Tears and a Broken Nose 495

Appendix 1 The Main Sources 511

Appendix 2 The Royal Tombs 515

Acknowledgments 519

Bibliography 521

Notes 531

Index 563

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