Alexander the Great Failure : The Collapse of the Macedonian Empire

Description

In this authoritative book John Grainger explores the foundations of Alexander's empire and why it did not survive after his untimely death in 323 BC. Alexander the Great's empire stretched across three continents and his achievements changed the nature of the ancient world. But for all his military prowess and success as a conqueror, John Grainger argues that he was one of history's great failures. Alexander's arrogance was largely responsible for his own premature death and he was personally culpable for the failure of his imperial enterprise. For Alexander was king of a society where the ruler was absolutely central to the well-being of society as a whole. When the king failed, the Macedonian kingdom imploded, something which had happened every generation for two centuries before him and happened again when he died. For the good of his people, Alexander needed an adult successor, but he refused to provide one while also killing any man who could be seen as one. The consequence was fifty years of warfare after his death and the destruction of his empire. The work of Philip II, Alexander's father, in extending and developing the kingdom of the Macedonians was the foundation for Alexander's career of conquest. Philip's murder in 336 BC brought Alexander to the kingship in the first undisputed royal succession on record.

Details

Author(s)
Dr. John D. Grainger
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 399.16g
Publication date
11 Aug 2009
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, maps
ISBN10
082644394X
ISBN13
9780826443946
Bestsellers rank
753,188