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Preface Acknowledgements Timeline Cast of Characters 1: The Legacy of Alexander the Great 2: The Babylon Conferences 3: Rebellion 4: Perdiccas, Ptolemy, and Alexander's Corpse 5: The First War of the Successors 6: Polyperchon's Moment 7: The Triumph of Cassander 8: Hunting Eumenes in Iran 9: Antigonus, Lord of Asia 10: The Restoration of Seleucus 11: Warfare in Greece 12: Duel to the Death 13: The Kingdoms of Ptolemy and Seleucus 14: Demetrius Resurgent 15: The Fall of Demetrius 16: The Last Successors Glossary References Bibliography Index

About the Author

Robin Waterfield was formerly a university lecturer at the universities of Newcastle and St Andrews, before becoming a commissioning editor at Penguin Books. A freelance writer and translator since the early 1980s, he has published numerous translations of the Greek classics for both the Oxford World's Classics and Penguin Classics. He now lives in the far south of Greece on a small olive farm.


well-paced and often dramatic narratives, up-to-date research, and thorough documentation * Wall Street Journal *
Robin Waterfield has produced an excellent introduction...He conveys the drama of the aftermath of Alexander's death with the intensity of a novelist * Military Times *
A briskly readable march through tumultuous events which continue to reverberate. * Daily Express *
Robin Waterfield's coruscating cultural-political narrative does full and equal justice to all the major dimensions of this extraordinary half-century. * Paul Cartledge, author of Ancient Greece, A History in Eleven Cities *
A gripping and often unsettling account of a formative period of ancient history. As Robin Waterfield points out, it deserves to be far better known than it is - and now, thanks to the author himself, it is as accessible as it has ever been. * Tom Holland, author of Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West *

Biographies of Alexander the Great (e.g., those by Philip Freeman) abound, but what happened after the death of the world conqueror in 323 B.C.E.? Classicist Waterfield (Why Socrates Died) narrates 40 years of war over who would rule next among the Macedonian's companions. Meanwhile, across the far-flung empire from Egypt to Afghanistan, the vying warlords were spreading a new Hellenistic culture, which Waterfield sees as a Romantic successor to ancient Greek classicism. From the people they conquered, the new rulers absorbed an absolute, Eastern model of kingship that remained the standard for centuries. Nearly limitless treasuries funded the decades of war among Alexander's "successors"-most prominently Ptolemy in Egypt, Seleucus in Babylonia, Antipater in Macedonia, and Antigonus (every-where). In the end, a few large monarchies remained where there had briefly been one empire. Then the Romans absorbed the whole region, which became the Greek east, the legacy of Alexander. -VERDICT Waterfield efficiently traces the endlessly shifting military and marital alliances among the great successor families. His spare account manages to serve both as a military and as a cultural history of a great age of transition. Recommended for anybody interested in the classical era.-Stewart Desmond, New York (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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