Dividing the Spoils by Robin Waterfield
The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)

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This is the story of one of the great forgotten wars of history - which led to the division of one of the biggest empires the world has ever seen.Alexander the Great built up his huge empire in little more than a decade, stretching from Greece in the West, via Egypt, Syria, Babylonia, and Persia through to the Indian sub-continent in the East. After his death in 323 BC, it took forty years of world-changing warfare for his heirs to finish carving up these vast conquests. These years were filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion, assassinations, dynastic marriages, treachery, shifting alliances, and mass slaughter on battlefieldafter battlefield. And while the men fought on the field, the women schemed from their palaces and pavilions.Dividing the Spoils revives the memory of Alexander's Successors, whose fame has been dimmed only because they stand in his enormous shadow. In fact, Alexander left things in a mess at the time of his death, with no guaranteed succession, no administration in place suitable for such an enormous realm, and huge untamed areas both bordering and within his 'empire'. The Successors consolidated the Conqueror's gains. Their competing ambitions, however, meant that consolidation inevitablyled to the break-up of the empire.Astonishingly, this period of brutal, cynical warfare was also characterized by brilliant cultural developments, especially in the fields of philosophy, literature, and art. As well as an account of the military action, this is also the story of an amazing cultural flowering. In some senses, a new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle - the world of Hellenistic Greece.A surprising amount of the history of many countries, from Greece to Afghanistan, began in the hearts and minds of the Successors of Alexander the Great. As this book demonstrates, their stories deserve to be better known.

About Robin Waterfield

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Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar and translator. In addition to translating numerous Greek classics, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Euripides, Xenophon, and Plutarch, he is the author of Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths, Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia, and the End of the Golden Age, and Athens: A History, From Ancient Ideal to Modern City. He lives in the far south of Greece on a small olive farm.
Published April 21, 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA. 286 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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According to author Robin Waterfield, what occurred after Alexander's death was one of the great yet virtually forgotten periods of war in ancient history.

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And when the Macedonians once again defeated the Greeks, they suppressed the democracy of Athens, thinking it easier to rule through a few prominent and pliable locals than the great and cawing Athenian assembly.

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