By Joseph Roisman

ISBN-10: 0292754310

ISBN-13: 9780292754317

From antiquity before, such a lot writers who've chronicled the occasions following the loss of life of Alexander the good have considered this background throughout the careers, pursuits, and views of Alexander’s elite successors. Few historians have probed the stories and attitudes of the normal squaddies who Alexander on his campaigns and who have been divided between his successors as they fought for keep an eye on of his empire after his demise. but the veterans performed a massive position in supporting to form the nature and features of the Hellenistic world.

This pathfinding publication deals the 1st in-depth research of the Macedonian veterans’ adventure in the course of an important turning element in Greek background (323–316 BCE). Joseph Roisman discusses the army, social, and political situations that formed the background of Alexander’s veterans, giving specified awareness to matters corresponding to the warriors’ behavior off and on the battlefield, the military assemblies, the risky dating among the troops and their generals, and different similar issues, all from the viewpoint of the rank-and-file. Roisman additionally reexamines the biases of the traditional assets and the way they affected historic and glossy depictions of Alexander’s veterans, in addition to Alexander’s conflicts together with his military, the veterans’ reasons and ambitions, and their political contributions to Hellenistic historical past. He can pay unique consciousness to the Silver Shields, a gaggle of Macedonian veterans well-known for his or her invincibility and martial prowess, and assesses whether they deserved their bold reputation.

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