By Joseph Roisman

From antiquity beforehand, such a lot writers who've chronicled the occasions following the dying of Alexander the nice have seen this heritage during the careers, targets, and views of Alexander’s elite successors. Few historians have probed the studies and attitudes of the standard 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 dying. but the veterans performed a tremendous function in supporting to form the nature and features of the Hellenistic world.

This pathfinding publication bargains the 1st in-depth research of the Macedonian veterans’ adventure in the course of an important turning aspect in Greek historical past (323–316 BCE). Joseph Roisman discusses the army, social, and political conditions that formed the historical past of Alexander’s veterans, giving exact realization to concerns similar 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 resources and the way they affected old and sleek depictions of Alexander’s veterans, in addition to Alexander’s conflicts together with his military, the veterans’ factors and ambitions, and their political contributions to Hellenistic heritage. He can pay particular consciousness to the Silver Shields, a bunch of Macedonian veterans well-known for his or her invincibility and martial prowess, and assesses whether they deserved their ambitious reputation.

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