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ISBN-10: 0203134923

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ISBN-13: 9780415150507

Offers an advent to the heritage of Alexander and the most subject matters of his reign. in addition to tackling difficulties of interpretation, the textual content comprises: an exam of the written and different resources, and the issues of operating with them; dialogue of archaeological and numismatic facts; an summary of the Macedonian historical past; perception into Alexander's schooling and ideas; an exploration of Alexander's declare to divinity; evaluate of Alexander's brief and long term achievements; and a learn of his impression in antiquity.

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6), including 30,000 Greek mercenaries (Bosworth 1988, 57) – and was marching steadily northwards from Babylon, accompanied by the royal treasure and the women of the court, including Darius’ mother, wife and daughter. The impedimenta (though not the royal women) were left in safety at Damascus, and the army encamped at Sochi, a short distance inland from 31 robin-bobin the coast of the Gulf of Iskenderun, but separated from it by the Amanus range. Developments were slow as Alexander was still recovering from his illness.

As Alexander’s successes multiplied, ambition became steadily greater; but his minimum aim when he set out must have been to compel Darius to acknowledge without question Greek authority over the regions he chose to conquer. The campaign began in spring 334. Alexander’s army consisted of at least 30,000 infantry and 5000 cavalry; but he was able to leave an infantry force of comparable size, and about 1500 cavalry, in Greece and Macedon 25 robin-bobin to maintain security. He also had a fleet of 120 warships as well as a number of cargo-ships.

Even after 150 years, the ‘enslavement’ of the Ionian Greeks to Persia still rankled with mainland Greeks. So Greek opinion would always 24 robin-bobin be favourable to a crusade against the ancestral enemy. It would be a main plank of Macedon’s claim to leadership of the Greeks, and to Greek identity, that the kingdom shared this ambition. Darius’ empire was a vast agglomeration of territory which included not only all of present-day Iran, but also the whole of Asia Minor, all of the Levant from the Zagros to the sea, and Egypt.

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