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Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great: Prosopography of Alexander's Empire Hardcover – February 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1405112109 ISBN-10: 1405112107 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405112107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405112109
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,374,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stupendously detailed and documented, the fruit of over three decades of research, Waldemar Heckel’s Who’s Who... triumphantly achieves the author’s stated aim of reaching a wider audience without sacrificing scholarly content. It is hard to imagine how we Alexander historians ever managed without it."
Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge

"This book will be indispensable for anyone engaged in Alexander studies at any level. It tells us practically all there is to know about the rich kaleidoscope of characters who came into contact with Alexander the Great. Readers will admire the scholarship that underpins these biographies, and they will be captivated by their content."
Brian Bosworth, University of Western Australia

A Choice Outstanding Scholarly Book

"Let me also strongly recommend a book for consultation rather than reading: Waldemar Heckel's Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great (Blackwell), a work of meticulous scholarship which, with its who-what-and-where emphasis, comes as a most welcome change from the currently fashionable historical passion for trends, abstractions and generalities."
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"This is the most important book on Alexander's reign in years ... Heckel has now made it possible for teachers and students to also research the inner history of one of the most fascinating periods of ancient history. Summing Up: Essential. All university libraries should have this book."

“A book that is needed, and which is a very useful addition to the Alexander stable … It is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Alexander, and will remain so for quite some time. This is one of those times when the laudatory endorsements on a book's cover ring true, and hence another book about Alexander is justified.”
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Who's Who will be the standard work on Alexander the Great for decades to come, read both by academic readers and general enthusiasts of Ancient History."
Scholia Reviews

"It is a good quick reference and should prove to be an invaluable resource for researchers and an interesting book for the more casual enquirer."
Reference Reviews

“Heckel’s command of the … sources will be particularly helpful to the student or scholar seeking to employ [it] as a jumping-off point for further research.” University of Toronto Quarterly

From the Back Cover

Containing over 800 concise biographies of individuals known from the literary and epigraphic sources for the age of Alexander, this book is the only complete collection of its kind available in English.

The entries range from leading commanders in Alexander’s army to the nobles and regional leaders of the Persian empire whom he encountered on his epic campaign. The most significant figures receive detailed coverage, and all entries contain references to the ancient sources. Brief biographies of Alexander himself and his father, Philip II, are also included.

This book will open up new perspectives for all interested in Alexander’s reign, from scholars to general readers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tripeleff on August 17, 2010
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An excellent, easy-to-use, up-to-date and quite reliable aid to historians and history lovers, much more accessible than Berve's work. I'm glad I bought it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew W. Wyneken on October 1, 2009
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Very informative on a lot of the "foot note" people that I have always wanted to know more about. Lots of info
on the sources. I wish it overlapped a little farther on the people and events after the death of Alexander. But, anything on the Hellenistic Age really gets me going. Mr. Heckel does a wonderful job and I enjoyed this and other books of his.
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Waldemar Heckel has come up with yet another superb piece of work, some twenty years after having first published "The Marshals of Alexander's Empire". This book was MUCH more than only being about the "top dogs" that seconded Alexander. This book takes his prosopography one step further by listing in alphabetic order all those that came in contact with Alexander at one point or another, and presenting what is known about each and every person through vignettes. The sheer amount of work involved - this is what would be termed intense and systematic "data mining" in other lines of business - is simply staggering.

In addition to hundreds of entries for known individuals from all horizons and social levels (that is, not only Macedonian military and not only Greeks or Macedonians), the author even took the trouble to include almost 140 anonymous individuals, while almost excusing himself for not having included all of them (they are allegedly over 200).

The book is also extremely useful. In his introduction, the author mentions that if he has "done something to make the work of others - amateurs, students and scholars - easier and more enjoyable, then I shall feel that the labour has not been in vain." This objective has clearly been achieved and hugely exceeded. In addition to those he listed, the author should have also included authors of historical fiction for which such a huge list of characters would prove simply invaluable. Anyone involved in wargame campaigns, or more generally in any type of recreation of the world of Alexander or of the Successors should also consider this book as a treasure trove.
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