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Dividing the Spoils Download Ç 102 È Alexander the Great conuered an enormous empire stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent and his death triggered forty bloody years of world changing warfare These were years filled with high adventure intrigue passion assassinations dynastic marriages treachery shifting alliances and mass slaughter oAlexander the Great conuered an enormous empire stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent and his death triggered forty bloody years of world changing warfare These were years filled with high adventure intrigue passion assassinations dynastic marriages treachery shifting alliances and mass slaughter on battlefield after battlefield And while the men fought on the field the women such as Alexander's mother Olympias schemed from their palaces and pavilions The story of one of the great forgotten wars of history Dividing the Spoils serves up a fast paced narrative that captures. I learned a lot from this and was absolutely glad I decided to read itNot only does it explain the dividing of Alexander's empire after his death but also the socialreligiousartistic and political circumstances of the timesIt takes the reader through each Successor explaining how each was awarded territory and how they sought to controlhold and expand it while fighting for the ultimate prize of the the empire in it's entiretyI thought the military descriptions for some of the battles were sparse and not gone into at length and the author seemed to focus on the politicsWhich didn't make it an ideal book for me as I like learning about the actual military logisticsAside from this thoughI was impressed with the author's knowledge of the period and his ability to bring it all together in one readableunderstandable and intelligent account

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Ually led to the break up of the empire To tell their story in full Waterfield draws upon a wide range of historical materials providing the first account that makes complete sense of this highly complex period Astonishingly this period of brutal cynical warfare was also characterized by brilliant cultural achievements especially in the fields of philosophy literature and art A new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle and in addition to chronicling political and military events Waterfield provides ample discussion of the amazing cultural flowering of the early Hellenistic Ag. This book wasn't the best that I have read on the subject but it wasn't bad It doesn't go into as much detail as Ghost on the Throne by James Romm but it covers a generation or two longer in time than Romm's book Romm's book was extremely detailed but only covered the 20 30 years after Alexander's death This book by comparison covers about 60 years or soI think that the last half of the book was better than the first in many ways If there were characters covered than the others it would have either been Antigonus One Eye Ptolemy or Seleucus I honestly don't know which of those is the interesting as a character either My favorite of the successors and the warring generals of the time though is still probably Eumenes Alexander's Greek secretary who managed to fight the greatest of Alexander's Macedonian Companions to a standstill for years with little to no resources Not a bad book and Im glad that I read it although I can't say at this moment that Waterfield impressed me as much as Romm did

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Dividing the SpoilsThis turbulent time as it revives the memory of the Successors of Alexander and their great war over his empire The Successors Robin Waterfield shows were no mere plunderers Indeed Alexander left things in great disarray at the time of his death with no guaranteed succession no administration in place suitable for such a large realm and huge untamed areas both bordering and within his empire It was the Successors battle tested companions of Alexander such as Ptolemy Perdiccas Seleucus and Antigonus the One Eyed who consolidated Alexander's gains Their competing ambitions however event. Here is my ratings breakoutContent 5 starsWriting 3 starsI generally shy away from connecting books with currently fashionable and hot cultural trends but if you are looking for a real life Game of Thrones with all of the murder and mayhem a little of the sex and without the supernatural the forty year period of the wars of Alexander the Great's successors is itThis book really opened my eyes to the importance of this period all too often ignored and glossed over by general histories which on the whole end at the death of Alexander in 323 BCE Waterfield makes a very persuasive case that this is wrong headed and that if anything these wars constitute the turning point of Hellenism the dispersion of Greek culture throughout Asia and the Mediterranean region He also makes the fascinating argument pp 142 146 that far from being an atavism blast from the past the ascendency of kingship in this period by Alexander and his successors presages and sets up the European absolute monarchy that we see in the Medieval period His argument is too complex and nuanced to go into here but he suggests that rather than seeing monarchy as a kind of holdover or primitive resurgence that we see it engaged in a broader contest with democracy at least this is how I read him Because the needs of the new successor states to Alexanders mammoth but very short lived empire were unprecedented and because the Successors were Macedonian and because the empire was a military accomplishment kingship was transformed into the instrument we have come to know from later European history I am not sure if he is right or what other scholars make of this argument but I think it can produce an absolutely fascinating discussion Waterfield also has very interesting material on religion commenting on the prevalence of deifying kings in this time as well as broader structural changes in Greek religion towards notions of a supreme god abstract categories and mystery cults As I am acuainted with writing on the Axial Age which is generally considered to be the period immediately before the one covered in this book I appreciate how Waterfield's argument extends the understanding of the impact of the Axial Age in the development of religion after antiuity On the whole the material presented here is fascinating and a great window into this era that deserves to be better known However the one downside is the writing I don't mean to suggest that Waterfield is a poor or unclear writer uite the opposite his sentences are generally clear and free of jargon and convoluted thinking However this book lacks what I call cadence A book like a symphony reuires a certain emotional charge It needs to flow in a harmonic and organic way between periods of excitement and contemplative periods The key is cohesion Paragraphs and whole passages should set up a theme and follow through on coherent thoughts All too often however I found myself lost in a paragraph because either it failed to set a clear theme or because every sentence marched on in a monotonous way I make a distinction between composing sentences grammatically and composing paragraphs thematically All too often the two are folded together but this is not correct Waterfield has entirely kosher sentences that don't string together whereas the classicist Paul Cartledge sometimes does uite odd things to sentences but his paragraphs are generally well composed In general I found the sections on culture philosophy and religion easiest to read often uite lively and wonder if this is an artifact of myself as a reader or as is so very often the case a sign that this is the material the author him or herself finds most compelling The problem is when starting to discover a remote and obscure period there is increased need for the narrative to be both compelling and clearI will concede that Waterfield has an issue with indefinite and sometimes definite pronouns I often found myself at a loss for who was being referred to This problem came to a head on pp 134 5 when Athens was being held by Demetrius of Phalerum against the attack by Demetrius Poliorcetes son of Antigonus Waterfield insisted on labeling the latter simply Demetrius rather than adding son of Antigonus to mitigate the confusion I also thought the book could have used setup in the individual sections specifically by starting with an overview or gloss of the succeeding events so as to give them definition and make them easier to grasp Again a large part of this need has to do with the general obscurity of this period which creates special pedagogical demands I hope that the reader of this review will not take my harsh evaluation of the prose as a reason to reject this book I highly encourage the reader to pick up this volume and be amazed at the period