By Edward M. Anson
Alexander the Great's existence and occupation are right here tested throughout the significant concerns surrounding his reign. What have been Alexander's final pursuits? Why did he pursue his personal deification whereas alive? How did he administer his conquests? Did he really set the realm in 'a new groove' as has been claimed via a few students? all of the key topics, prepared as chapters, can be provided in nearly chronological order in order that readers surprising with the lifetime of Alexander can be in a position to stick with the narrative. the topics are tied to the main controversies and questions surrounding Alexander's profession and legacy. each one bankruptcy contains a dialogue of the main educational positions on every one factor, and encompasses a complete and updated bibliography and an overview of the ancient facts. All resource fabric is in translation. Designed to carry new readability to the contentious heritage of Alexander the nice, this is often an amazing creation to 1 of history's such a lot debatable figures.
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5). What is remarkable is that while the upland regions had long maintained their at least practical independence from their Lower Macedonian neighbors, once joined, there is little evidence of dissatisfaction with the union by these formerly independent districts. In the centuries following Philip II’s annexation of Upper Macedonia (Diod. 16. 8. 1; see also 16. 1. 5), right up to the Roman conquest, there is only one attested revolt of an area roughly corresponding to a former Upper Macedonian kingdom, and that, if it occurred at all, took place in 197 BC (Polyb.
Justin, like too many modern commentators, assumes that Macedon had a formal succession and regency process. Tutor, then, should not be seen as referring to a formal regent, but rather to a guardian. Philip II, then, at the time of his accession, became the guardian for his potential heir, the son of his dead brother. Tutor most often has the meaning of guardian. With the birth of Philip’s likely first son, Arrhidaeus, the son of Philinna, probably born in 357 (for the date, Griffith 1970: 69–72, 79; Greenwalt 1985: 70; contra: Ehrhardt 1967: 296–301), Amyntas became only a second-tier heir.
The evidence also suggests that the language spoken by most Macedonians was a dialect of Greek (Voutiras 1996: 678–82; Masson 1996: 905–6). Politically the government of Macedonia was an autocracy. Indeed, in theory, the Macedonian king was the kingdom. While our evidence for earlier reigns is sparse, with respect to Philip II, Isocrates (5. 107–8) notes that Macedonia was subject to the rule of “one man,” and Demosthenes (1. 4) comments that Philip was the sole director of his policy, “uniting the roles of general, ruler, and treasurer,” and “was responsible to nobody: the absolute autocrat, commander, and master of everybody and everything” (Dem.
Alexander the Great: Themes and Issues by Edward M. Anson