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The Resource By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire, Ian Worthington

By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire, Ian Worthington

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By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire
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By the spear
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Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire
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Ian Worthington
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eng
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"Alexander the Great, arguably the most exciting figure from antiquity, waged war as a Homeric hero and lived as one, conquering native peoples and territories on a superhuman scale. From the time he invaded Asia in 334 to his death in 323, he expanded the Macedonian empire from Greece in the West to Asia Minor, the Levant, Egypt, Central Asia and 'India' (Pakistan and Kashmir) in the East. Although many other kings and generals forged empires, Alexander produced one that was without parallel, even if it was short-lived. And yet, Alexander could not have achieved what he did without the accomplishments of his father, Philip II (r. 359-336). It was Philip who truly changed the course of Macedonian history, transforming a weak, disunited, and economically backward kingdom into a military powerhouse. A warrior king par excellence, Philip left Alexander with the greatest army in the Greek world, a centralized monarchy, economic prosperity, and a plan to invade Asia. For the first time, By the Spear offers an exhilarating military narrative of the reigns of these two larger-than-life figures in one volume. Ian Worthington gives full breadth to the careers of father and son, showing how Philip was the architect of the Macedonian empire, which reached its zenith under Alexander, only to disintegrate upon his death. By the Spear also explores the impact of Greek culture in the East, as Macedonian armies became avatars of social and cultural change in lands far removed from the traditional sphere of Greek influence. In addition, the book discusses the problems Alexander faced in dealing with a diverse subject population and the strategies he took to what might be called nation building, all of which shed light on contemporary events in culturally dissimilar regions of the world. The result is a gripping and unparalleled account of the role these kings played in creating a vast empire and the enduring legacy they left behind"--
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Alexander the Great, arguably the most exciting figure from antiquity, waged war as a Homeric hero and lived as one, conquering native peoples and territories on a superhuman scale. From the time he invaded Asia in 334 to his death in 323, he expanded the Macedonian empire from Greece in the West to Asia Minor, the Levant, Egypt, Central Asia and 'India' (Pakistan and Kashmir) in the East. Although many other kings and generals forged empires, Alexander produced one that was without parallel, even if it was short-lived. And yet, Alexander could not have achieved what he did without the accomplishments of his father, Philip II (r. 359-336). It was Philip who truly changed the course of Macedonian history, transforming a weak, disunited, and economically backward kingdom into a military powerhouse. A warrior king par excellence, Philip left Alexander with the greatest army in the Greek world, a centralized monarchy, economic prosperity, and a plan to invade Asia. For the first time, By the Spear offers an exhilarating military narrative of the reigns of these two larger-than-life figures in one volume
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collective biography
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10317060
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DLC
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Worthington, Ian
Dewey number
938/.07
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DF233
LC item number
.W68 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
Series statement
Ancient warfare and civilization
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  • Philip
  • Alexander
  • Macedonia
  • Macedonia
  • Armies
  • Macedonia
  • Social change
  • Macedonia
  • Greece
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adult
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Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire
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By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire, Ian Worthington
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-381) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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Contents
Greece and Macedonia -- Philip II and the rise of Macedonia -- The new player in Greek politics -- The gathering war clouds -- The downfall of Greece -- Philip's assassination and legacy -- Alexander's early kingship--and Persia -- From Europe to Asia -- Alexander : master strategist and emerging god -- The fall of the Persian empire -- The war in Afghanistan -- Passage to India -- Retreat from India -- Alexander's final years -- Death in Babylon and Alexander's legacy
Control code
2014010920
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxi, 388 pages
Isbn
9780199929863
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2014010920
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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By the spear : Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire, Ian Worthington
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-381) and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Greece and Macedonia -- Philip II and the rise of Macedonia -- The new player in Greek politics -- The gathering war clouds -- The downfall of Greece -- Philip's assassination and legacy -- Alexander's early kingship--and Persia -- From Europe to Asia -- Alexander : master strategist and emerging god -- The fall of the Persian empire -- The war in Afghanistan -- Passage to India -- Retreat from India -- Alexander's final years -- Death in Babylon and Alexander's legacy
Control code
2014010920
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxi, 388 pages
Isbn
9780199929863
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2014010920
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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