Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great

The reign of Alexander the Great of Macedon 336 323 B.C witnessed the military conquest of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian army, the physical transit of the known world from the Danube to the Indus and the beginnings of the mass migration which was to expand the horizons of hellenism far into the Near East In this book, Professor Bosworth attempts an up to date suThe reign of Alexander the Great of Macedon 336 323 B.C witnessed the military conquest of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian army, the physical transit of the known world from the Danube to the Indus and the beginnings of the mass migration which was to expand the horizons of hellenism far into the Near East In this book, Professor Bosworth attempts an up to date survey of the period in all its respects.This title reflects two main focuses the process by which empire was acquired and the means by which the conquered territory was controlled, exploited and administered The campaigns of Alexander in Europe and Asia are chronicled in detail in Part One Although much of the emphasis of the book, thanks to Alexander rented writers of antiquity, is on episodes where the king is protagonist, the discussion attempts to widen the perspective and examine the impact of the reign at all levels There is a detailed account of the Greek mainland, explaining what Macedonian suzerainty implied and how the various city states adapted to it, and a survey of the individual components of empire and the largely haphazard system of administration that evolved after conquest The Macedonian army is examined in its role as the instrument of conquest, and its evolution during the reign is analyzed Finally, there is an essay on the origins of the ruler cult These detailed thematic studies complement and enlarge upon the running narrative of campaigns and events, to present full coverage in breadth and depth.This is an unromanticised account of the reign of Alexander the Great, based firmly on the ancient sources As such it will be particularly welcome yo students and teachers of ancient history The careful account of the battles and campaigns will be of interest to military historians, and the whole book is written to be accessible to the general reader as well.
Conquest and Empire The Reign of Alexander the Great The reign of Alexander the Great of Macedon B C witnessed the military conquest of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian army the physical transit of the known world from the Danube to the Ind

  • Title: Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great
  • Author: Albert Brian Bosworth
  • ISBN: 9780521406796
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great”

    1. This really is a good Alexander book, the bio is short and readable, and the analysis of Alexander's rule is clear. But the edition is terrible- tiny print, poorly broken up, few guides (clearer maps, for one, would have been useful). Maybe I'm just a snob, but I don't believe the typesetting should be allowed to detract from what the author has to say

    2. Very good source for an overall look at Alexander the Great. Plenty of details and goes through many primary sources. This was one of the books assigned for my Alexander the Great class in university and the prof pretty much used this as the textbook. Great source but don't forget to check primary and other secondary sources, and always be aware of author bias.

    3. Bosworth at the beginning says the book is not about Alexander--but it very much is, at least in the first half. The latter half of the books, composed of essays, I found more specialized and difficult to follow.

    4. Dense, but extremely informative. Bosworth does a pretty good job getting to the facts from the often contradictory sources.

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