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Alexander the Great Avenger (Hardback)

The Campaign that Felled Achaemenid Persia

Ancient History > Alexander the Great Military

By Manousos E Kambouris
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 56 mono
ISBN: 9781399073929
Published: 4th August 2023


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Since 500 BC the mainland Greeks had been threatened by the Achaemenid Persian Empire. They had suffered major invasions but subsequent attempts to take the offensive had been thwarted. With Alexander the Great’s invasion the rules changed. In Macedonia a new model army had been developed, taking the traditional hoplite heavy infantry in a new evolutionary direction and similarly transforming the heavy cavalry. These developments neutralized the Persians’ own efforts to modernize their troops, tactics and equipment. Despite the inclusion of a state-of-the-art siege train, the structure of the reformed Macedonian army allowed an unprecedented operational tempo.

Manousos Kambouris’ detailed analysis explains that it was Alexander’s intelligent use of these forces, that allowed him to dictate the course of the campaign. His excellent strategic and operational decision-making, based on an intimate knowledge of geography and logistics, along with well-timed movements and clever feints, allowed him to choose his battles, which he then won by tactical brilliance and guts. The author does not neglect to assess the Persian capabilities and decision making, concluding that Darius III was not as inept as often thought. Indeed, he may have been the most militarily capable King of Kings but it was his misfortune to be pitted against the genius of Alexander, the great avenger.

Simply put, "Alexander the Great Avenger: The Campaign that Felled Achaemenid Persia" is absolutely essential reading for academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in Alexander the Great and his conquests which arguably changed the course of human history. A work of meticulous, detailed and documented scholarship, "Alexander the Great Avenger: The Campaign that Felled Achaemenid Persia" will have a special value for readers with an interest in Ancient Greek & Mesopotamia Military History collections and supplemental Alexander the Great curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

"This book might set you on the road for a fascinating wargaming adventure."

Wargames Illustrated – Issue 423, March 2023

About Manousos E Kambouris

Manousos E Kambouris has a background in scientific writing, contributing chapters on a wide range of disciplines to various edited volumes and journals. He has been researching Ancient Greek warfare for many years and has published numerous articles in Archeologija Prirodne Na (Archaeology and Science), Ancient Warfare, Military History, War & History, NUOVA ANTOLOGIA MILITARE, Third Eye and Hellenic Nexus. He has written three previous books on Marathon, Salamis and Xenophon’s Ten Thousand. For the past 8 years he has been a historical consultant to the experimental archaeology group Koryvantes, the Association of Historical Studies. In 2022 Pen & Sword published his trilogy on the Greco-Persian Wars to 479 BC (The Rise of Persia and the First Greco-Persian Wars; Persia Triumphant in Greece: The High Tide, 481-480 BC and The Greek Victories and the Persian Ebb 480–479 BC) and in early 2023 will publishThe Trojan War as Military History.

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