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Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors (Fordyce W. Mitchel Memorial Lecture) by [Roisman, Joseph]
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About the Author

Joseph Roisman is Professor of Classics at Colby College. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles on Greek history, historiography, and oratory, including Brill’s Companion to Alexander the Great, The Rhetoric of Manhood: Masculinity in the Attic Orators, The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens, A Companion to Ancient Macedonia (with Ian Worthington), and Greek History from Homer to Alexander.

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  • File Size: 2132 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0292735960
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (August 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00992BD42
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 5, 2013
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As indicated in the book's description, the author's purpose is to focus on Alexander's (infantry) veterans and analyse their behaviours and motivations through the sources. This is much more difficult than it may seem because these sources are "elitist" and only get concerned by the rank-and-file's behaviours during times of crisis and when the various leaders compete to enlist their support. In practice, this means that they are written from the perspective of Alexander's Successors. They tend to be partial and "take sides" for or against certain of them, and this is one way in which the original contemporary sources, which are mostly lost or only survive in fragments, can be discovered and identified. Perhaps more to the point, the author shows in a very convincing way how these various sources may have (generally quite deliberately) misinterpreted and sometimes even distorted the attitudes and reactions of Alexander's veterans both at the end of his life and during the next seven years.

Accordingly, the first merit of this book is to break relatively new ground (at least, as far as I know) by attempting (and mostly succeeding) to uncover the most plausible behaviours and reactions of these veterans when confronting with the rivalries and infighting among Alexander's generals. One of the implications is the need for rather long and detailed developments to explain and justify the author's interpretations. At times, a non-specialist might become somewhat impatient and find this eminently scholarly book "slow going". It is clearly not targeted at the so-called "general reader", although it is nevertheless quite accessible (but rather pricey!).
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