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By Joseph Roisman

From antiquity previously, such a lot writers who've chronicled the occasions following the loss of life of Alexander the nice have seen this historical past in the course of the careers, objectives, and views of Alexander’s elite successors. Few historians have probed the reviews and attitudes of the standard infantrymen who Alexander on his campaigns and who have been divided between his successors as they fought for keep watch over of his empire after his dying. but the veterans performed an incredible position in assisting to form the nature and lines of the Hellenistic world.

This pathfinding ebook bargains the 1st in-depth research of the Macedonian veterans’ adventure in the course of a vital turning aspect in Greek heritage (323–316 BCE). Joseph Roisman discusses the army, social, and political situations that formed the historical past of Alexander’s veterans, giving exact realization to concerns comparable to the warriors’ behavior off and on the battlefield, the military assemblies, the risky dating among the troops and their generals, and different comparable issues, all from the point of view of the rank-and-file. Roisman additionally reexamines the biases of the traditional resources and the way they affected historical and sleek depictions of Alexander’s veterans, in addition to Alexander’s conflicts together with his military, the veterans’ causes and ambitions, and their political contributions to Hellenistic heritage. He will pay detailed recognition to the Silver Shields, a gaggle of Macedonian veterans recognized for his or her invincibility and martial prowess, and assesses whether they deserved their ambitious reputation.

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