ANTIGONUS THE ONE-EYED: Greatest of the SuccessorsJEFF CHAMPION Book Number: 86351 Product format: Hardback
Written by an author who is clearly very knowledgeable of ancient history and society, all the dates in this work are BC unless otherwise noted. Plutarch described Antigonus the One-Eyed (382-301BC) as 'the oldest and greatest of Alexander's successors'. He served loyally both Philip II and Alexander the Great as they converted his native Macedonia into an empire stretching from India to Greece. After Alexander's death, Antigonus, then governor of the obscure province of Phrygia, seemed one of the least likely of his commanders to seize the dead King's inheritance. Yet within a year through a combination of military skill and political shrewdness, he has conquered the Asian portion of the empire. His success caused those who controlled the European and Egyptian parts of the empire to unite against him. For another 14 years he would wage war against a coalition of other Successors: Ptolemy, Lysimachus, Seleucus and Cassander. In 301 he would meet defeat and death at the Battle of Ipsus. The ancient writers saw his life as a cautionary tale about the dangers of hubris and vaulting ambition. Despite his apparent defeat, his descendants would continue to rule as kings and create a dynasty that would rule Macedonia for over a century. Jeff Champion narrates the career of this titanic figure with the focus squarely on the military aspects. 235pp, maps.
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