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Philip II and Alexander the Great: father and son, lives and afterlives

Philip II and Alexander the Great: father and son, lives and afterlives

Ogden, Daniel; Carney, Elizabeth Donnelly, 1947-

The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways. This collection of previously unpublished articles looks at the careers and impact of father and son together. The careers of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great (III) were interlocked in innumerable ways: Philip II centralized ancient Macedonia, created an army of unprecedented skill and flexibility, came to dominate the Greek peninsula, and planned the invasion of the Persian Empire with a combined Graeco-Macedonian force, but it was Alexander who actually led the invading forces, defeated the great Persian Empire, took his army to the borders of modern India, and created a monarchy and empire that, despite its fragmentation, shaped the political, cultural, and religious world of the Hellenistic era. Alexander drove the engine his father had built, but had he not done so, Philip's achievements might have proved as ephemeral as had those of so many earlier Macedonian rulers. On the other hand, some scholars believe that Alexander played a role, direct or indirect, in the murder of his father, so that he could lead the expedition to Asia that his father had organized. In short, it is difficult to understand or assess one without considering the other. This collection of previously unpublished articles looks at the careers and impact of father and son together. Some of the articles consider only one of the Macedonian rulers although most deal with both, and with the relationship, actual or imagined, between the two. The volume will contain articles on military and political history but also articles that look at the self-generated public images of Philip and Alexander, the counter images created by their enemies, and a number that look at how later periods understood them, concluding with the Hollywood depiction of the relationship. Despite the plethora of collected works that deal with Philip and Alexander, this volume promises to make a genuine contribution to the field by focusing specifically on their relationship to one another

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Published New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2010

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Elizabeth Carney and Daniel Ogden
ISBN: 019974551X, 9780199745517
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: A selection from the papers presented at an international symposium, "Philip II and Alexander III: Father, Son and Dunasteia," held April 3-5, 2008, at Clemson University, in South Carolina.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxiii, 343 p. : ill.
Subject: History; Literary studies: ancient, classical & medieval; Greece History Macedonian Hegemony, 323-281 B.C. Congresses.; European history; Ancient Greece; Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. Congresses.; Philip II, King of Macedonia, 382 B.C.-336 B.C. Congresses.; Greece History Macedonian Expansion, 359-323 B.C. Congresses.; Archaeology; Ancient history
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780199738151