Conquest and Empire : The Reign of Alexander the Great, Paperback

Conquest and Empire : The Reign of Alexander the Great Paperback

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This book is an exploration of the process and consequences of the campaigns of Alexander the Great of Macedon (who reigned from 336 to 323 BC), focusing on the effect of his monarchy upon the world of his day.

A detailed running narrative of the actual campaigns from the Danube to the Indus is complemented and enlarged upon by thematic studies on the reaction in Greece to Macedonian suzerainty, the administration of the empire, the evolution of the Macedonian army and its role as the instrument of conquest, and on the origins of the ruler cult.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 348 pages, 11 maps
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780521406796



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Scholarly, mildly negative about Alexander; has a basic sketch of his campaigns followed by treatment of specific themes, some rathe technical. Interesting that he believes by the time Alexander returned from India most of his army was Iranian. I knew Alexander recruited Iranians and othe non-Greeks but not that tey were so significant. However, he is (I think rightly) skeptical than Alexander intended a genuine fusion of the two peoples.

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