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By Edward M. Anson

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Alexander’s Heirs deals a story account of the nearly 40 years following the loss of life of Alexander the nice, within which his generals vied for regulate of his huge empire, and during their conflicts and politics eventually created the Hellenistic Age.

  • Offers an account of the facility struggles among Alexander’s rival generals within the 40  yr interval following his death
  • Discusses how Alexander’s great empire eventually grew to become the Hellenistic World
  • Makes complete use of fundamental and secondary sources
  • Accessible to a wide viewers of scholars, collage students, and the proficient common reader
  • Explores very important scholarly debates at the Diadochi

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5). This proposal received little support (Curt. 16). Nearchus, Alexander’s admiral, quickly suggested that Heracles, Alexander’s son by Barsine, be given the throne. Nearchus was married to Heracles’ half-sister (Arr. Anab. 6). The troops reacted vocally and angrily to this suggestion (Curt. 12). They had not been pleased with what they perceived as Alexander’s Persianization of the court (Arr. Anab. 1; Plut. Alex. 71). Alexander included Persians in his personal entourage, began to adopt Persian dress, court procedure, and advisors, and increasingly incorporated Asian units into his evergrowing army (Carney 1996: 19–44; Anson 2004: 355–7; 2013b: 162–76).

He had left with the veterans in the summer of 324 and was still in Cilicia more than a year later. He may also have been ordered by Alexander to await the departure of Antipater and the Macedonian replacements from Macedonia before proceeding (Griffith 1965: 12–15). As to Antipater’s reaction to the events in Babylon, it should be noted that even before the final settlement was reached, he was already preparing for what became the “Hellenic War,” or the Lamian War, the great revolt against Macedonian authority, which saw Antipater and a Macedonian force besieged in Lamia in Thessaly in the winter of 323/22 (Diod.

At least, there is no record of his displeasure. What is, perhaps, more interesting is Craterus’ reluctance to involve himself in the events unfolding in Babylon. Although order was restored fairly quickly after Alexander’s death, Craterus had the resources – 10,000 Macedonian veterans and access to the treasury – to march to Babylon and attempt to impose his own settlement, if he so wished. Craterus, for all of his resources, did not physically contest or apparently even voice objections to the resolutions reached in Babylon.

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