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By Edward M. Anson

Alexander’s Heirs bargains a story account of the nearly 40 years following the dying of Alexander the nice, in which his generals vied for keep watch over of his large empire, and during their conflicts and politics finally created the Hellenistic Age.

  • Offers an account of the ability 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 large viewers of scholars, college students, and the informed normal reader
  • Explores very important scholarly debates at the Diadochi

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At some point there might be a formal coronation where the new ruler would be presented to his people, most likely the army, for acclamation. This acclamation was a mere formality. The evidence, however, suggests that there was no formal requirement of a coronation ceremony or even of an informal meeting of the so-called Macedonian aristocratic leadership, these Curtian principes, but rather a far more amorphous process in which powerful personalities dominated. As noted in the Introduction, there was no assembly of Macedonians who chose the Macedonian monarch.

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).

1). Additionally, there was Alexander’s half-brother Arrhidaeus, whose competence to rule was seriously questioned because of some mental incapacity,2 and the possibility of a legitimate son, since Roxane, his Bactrian or Sogdian wife, was pregnant (Curt. 9; Just. 5; Arr. Succ. 8). Alexander also had two additional wives, Stateira (Heckel 2006: 256), a daughter of Darius III, the Persian king and Alexander’s royal opponent, and Parysatis (Heckel 2006: 192), the daughter of Artaxerxes III Ochus, the Persian monarch from 425 to 338, but neither of these produced a possible heir.

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