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By Edward M. Anson

Alexander’s Heirs bargains a story account of the nearly 40 years following the loss of life of Alexander the good, within which his generals vied for regulate of his massive empire, and during their conflicts and politics eventually created the Hellenistic Age.

  • Offers an account of the facility struggles among Alexander’s rival generals within the 40  yr interval following his death
  • Discusses how Alexander’s sizeable empire eventually grew to become the Hellenistic World
  • Makes complete use of basic and secondary sources
  • Accessible to a large viewers of scholars, collage students, and the proficient normal reader
  • Explores very important scholarly debates at the Diadochi

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Given that Alexander died without a clear and viable heir who could step in and take his place, given that he died far from Macedonia, and that his empire was personal, not national, it is understandable that his generals, his Successors, did not rally to the support of the nation. While they did initially crown Alexander’s surviving brother as King Philip III, and later, with the birth of Alexander’s second son, crowned the newborn as king also, Alexander IV, the apparent unity was ephemeral. It would take forty years of incubation for this new age to emerge politically.

15). What is unclear is how many Greeks associated either with the court or army of Alexander were in Babylon at this time. Undoubtedly Greek mercenaries were in Asia in abundance. Many were left from the former Persian Empire, where virtually every satrap as well as the royal army had its Greek mercenary force. Many of these individuals were exiles from their home countries. It was to deal with the large number of such fugitives earning their livelihoods through paid military service that, in 324, Alexander ordered the return of tens of thousands of these Greek exiles to their home cities (Diod.

Alex. 7; Just. 2), with Heracles being the result (Curt. 11; Diod. 1). Additionally, there was Alexander’s half-brother Arrhidaeus, whose competence to rule was seriously questioned because of some mental incapacity,2 and the possibility of a legitimate son, since Roxane, his Bactrian or Sogdian wife, was pregnant (Curt. 9; Just. 5; Arr. Succ. 8). Alexander also had two additional wives, Stateira (Heckel 2006: 256), a daughter of Darius III, the Persian king and Alexander’s royal opponent, and Parysatis (Heckel 2006: 192), the daughter of Artaxerxes III Ochus, the Persian monarch from 425 to 338, but neither of these produced a possible heir.

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