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“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

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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.
 
www.jamesromm.com

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307456609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307456601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Romm was born in 1958 in New York. After receiving his B.A. in Classics from Yale, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1988. He has taught Greek language, literature and history at Bard College since 1990.

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Romm's muscular and gritty writing style keeps the action humming.
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Although any interested reader can enjoy this remarkable book, I believe that ancient history enthusiasts are likely to relish it the most.
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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.
J. Crawford

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Crawford on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
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. I say study, but this studious and well-researched book is also highly entertaining. The remarkable Alexander left a legacy debated to the present (was he an enlightened ruler spreading Hellenic culture, a convert to the despotism of the Persians whom he conquered, or some mixture of both?). As he lay dying, he was asked who should rule and said, "To the best," or, perhaps even more presciently, "To the strongest."
The seven years that followed that death saw a struggle involving his closest generals, royalty of various degrees of relationship (including his famed mother Olympia and his sister Cleopatra), and efforts by the Athenians to free themselves from Macedonian domination. The players are fascinating and well-drawn. The shifting alliances are easily followed. Strange fates, such as the defeated general Eumenes being offered enormous power by both sides, lend fascination to this account of men and women seeking to rule an empire.
The author, James Romm, is professor of classics at Bard College and shows his thorough knowledge of the period and sources (many of which are either missing or unreliable). I particularly liked a caveat in the preface about statements regarding the "private lives and inner thoughts of historical figures." Romm says, " . . . I have tried to assure readers that they were not simply made up, or at least not by me." I appreciated both his candor and his modesty.
The structure of Ghost on the Throne is dramatic and there is a wonderful film lurking in the personalities and marvelously rendered conflicts that erupt among the dramatis personae and find inevitable resolution with the resolute advances of phalanxes of sarissa-wielding infantry and the lighting thrusts of cavalry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cool on May 2, 2014
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James Romm, a professor of Classics at Bard College, has written a fascinating page-turner. Working with sources created roughly two millennia ago, the oldest of which no longer exist or exist only as scraps or even just references within centuries-younger sources, Romm has done a first-rate job in recreating for the reader the chaotic conditions, unpredictable twists, and bloody conflicts that flowed from Alexander the Great’s premature death. In the years immediately following his demise, the dead king’s military commanders hesitated to set themselves up as monarchs. Instead, from Macedon to Babylon and Egypt, they connived, made and broke promises, fought one another and head-spinningly changed sides to position themselves as the power behind whatever Alexandrian relative they could control and place on the throne. They succeeded only in killing the entire Royal Family and carving up the empire for themselves.
Romm, in thorough command of the gap-filled and often conflicting ancient evidence available to scholars, skillfully crafts a most plausible version of events. In doing so, he reveals a solid understanding of human nature to explain the likely motivations and decisions of Alexander’s many would-be successors. In making his choices, Romm writes,
"The disputes among Alexander's contemporaries over the cause of his death make it hard to accept any evidence on its face. This is a hall-of-mirrors world where the more convincing an account seems, the more it might be suspected to be the work of clever assassins concealing their crimes. But historical research has to begin somewhere; if nothing can be trusted, nothing can be known.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KambizF on February 8, 2013
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In the aftermath of Alexander's death all hell breaks loose as his commanders try to keep the empire intact. It became obvious that it was just too big an enterprise to hold the empire together and civil wars ensued. Romm's muscular and gritty writing style keeps the action humming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BenH on January 19, 2015
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Fascinating and engaging book. I am woefully ignorant of the history of the Hellenistic Period, but Romm's piece provided a great introduction for me. Despite not knowing most of the figures, Romm never confused the narrative or made me lose track of any of the players. My only complaint is that I wish the book had covered another 15 years or so (up to the Battle of Ipsus (I caught up after finish Romm's book)) which seems a more natural ending point than the point chosen by Romm. I do understand, however, length concerns and losing some casual readers at the prospect of a 800 page tome.

Still I highly recommend this book and I plan on reading Romm's book about Seneca next.
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