“Romm charts all the reversals and alliances with the skill of a great detective.” —Los Angeles Times
“Thrilling. . . . But Ghost on the Throne is [also] a careful work of fine scholarship.” —The New Criterion
“Offering well-paced and often-dramatic narratives, up-to-date research, and thorough documentation. . . . [Romm] lends a vividness and passion to his narrative.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Romm is a gifted storyteller as well as a respected scholar.” —Choice
“[Romm has] mastered the knack that all classicists should have: He can get inside the sources and bring them alive. . . . This is history every reader should know, and this is exactly how it should be written.” —Open Letters Monthly
“Romm’s saga of the tumultuous years immediately following Alexander’s relatively sudden death . . . becomes something of a thriller: [Who] will survive until the next chapter in this roller coaster of an imperial succession story?” —History Book Club
“Romm . . . is one of a few historians worldwide who can be numbered among the Alexander experts.” —Westfair Online
“Written more as a thriller than a history tome.” —The Daily Freeman
“Fast-paced and absorbing . . . Captivating . . . A sterling account of a little discussed era in ancient history.” —Publishers Weekly
“Lively. . . . [A] scholarly but colorful account of the toxic fallout from the untimely demise of a continent-striding conqueror. . . . Romm paints a vivid portrait of ancient politics.” —Kirkus Reviews
James Romm is James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written two books on the ancient Greek world, The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought and Herodotus, and edited Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander, part of the distinguished Landmark series of works by ancient Greek historians.
Romm's muscular and gritty writing style keeps the action humming.
Although any interested reader can enjoy this remarkable book, I believe that ancient history enthusiasts are likely to relish it the most.
Ghost on the Throne by James Romm is a study of the power struggle that broke out immediately after the death of Alexander the Great.
As an ancient history enthusiast, I was well aware of Alexander the Great’s campaigns, his amazing military victories, as well as his untimely death. Read morePublished 3 days ago by G. Poirier
This was a great read, I read a friends copy and then purchased my own to re-read parts. Great book, learned quite a few a few things I did not know.Published 1 month ago by Nick
Mr. Romm has written a history of the wars between Alexander's generals for his empire that either a novice,as I,or one who has knowledge of that time can read and comprend. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John S. Carter