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By Andrew Erskine

Protecting the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the nice to the prestigious defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative better half explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't stay to work out.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays via top foreign scholars.
  • Essential studying for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
  • Draws at the very newest research.
  • Covers a vast variety of issues, spanning political, spiritual, social, monetary and cultural history.

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In Greece, Athens and the Aitolians in particular saw in Alexander's death the opportunity for revolt (Habicht 1997). This was the so-called Lamian War: Antipater was besieged in Lamia in Thessaly, until Leonnatos' intervention from Phrygia broke the opposition at the cost of his own life. Meanwhile Antipater, doubtless disgruntled through his absence from Babylon, had entered negotiations not only with Leonnatos but also with Ptolemy (who had tried to undermine Perdikkas at Babylon) and with Alexander's powerful mother, Olympias.

Workmen, hoping to find humans buried with their most valued possessions, found instead dozens of mummified crocodiles, carefully preserved and interred by pious Egyptians. One of the men, uninhibited by a sense of religious awe in the face of these sacred animals, gave vent to his frustration by smashing up a crocodile with his spade. The rips in the mummy casing exposed à che  known as cartonnage, had been handwriting; waste papyri, in a form of papier ma moulded round the body of the animal (Bowman 1986: 173).

The modern historian needs to be wary of placing too much faith in the evidence of such `fragments'; far from offering an authentic glimpse at a lost text, the process of selection, re-wording, and abridgement may have done much to distort the original work (cf. Brunt 1980). Alexander's career is well documented in later writers; Arrian and Q. Curtius Rufus both wrote histories of his reign, Diodoros of Sicily devoted book 17 of his worldhistory to the Macedonian king, and Plutarch included a life of Alexander among his Parallel Lives .

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