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Antigonus The One-Eyed (Kindle)

Greatest of the Successors

Ancient History Military

By Jeff Champion
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 8.4 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 50 black and white illustrations, maps & battle diagrams
ISBN: 9781473841420
eBook Released: 11th September 2014

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Plutarch described Antigonus the One Eyed (382-301 BC) 'as 'the oldest and greatest of Alexander's successors.' Antigonus loyally served both Philip II and Alexander the Great as they converted his native Macedonia into an empire stretching from India to Greece. After Alexander's death, Antigonus, then governor of the obscure province of Phrygia, seemed one of the least likely of his commanders to seize the dead king's inheritance. Yet within eight years of the king's passing, through a combination of military skill and political shrewdness, he had conquered the Asian portion of the empire. His success caused those who controlled the European and Egyptian parts of the empire to unite against him. For another fourteen years he would wage war against a coalition of the other Successors: Ptolemy, Lysimachus, Seleucus and Cassander. In 301 BC he would meet defeat and death in the Battle of Ipsus. The ancient writers saw Antigonus' life as a cautionary tale about the dangers of hubris and vaulting ambition. Despite his apparent defeat, his descendants would continue to rule as kings and create a dynasty that would rule Macedonia for over a century. Jeff Champion narrates the career of this titanic figure with the focus squarely on the military aspects.

I enjoyed this book but it was less of a biography, more of look at the life and times of Antigonus. This books offers a great overview of the historical situation following the death of Alexander the Great especially in Asia. I would have preferred some more detail and a closers focus but nevertheless this is well written a DJ well researched.

NetGalley, Rebecca B

The author writes accessibly but meticulously, and builds up the necessary background context for the compelling history of the time and manages to humanize the major players despite the intervening millenia. The author uses a chronological chapter format, starting with Macedonia of the period, through the Alexandrian period, Antigonus' rise and solidification of power, then through the successor war and battles which followed Alexander's death.

The book is meticulously annotated throughout. The author has cited period and later scholarly research to support the narrative. There are 5 appendices as well as copious chapter notes, an exhaustive bibliography, maps, photos (of period artifacts) and a cross referenced index... This would be a great selection for fans of military history, as well as a superlative support text for related academic studies on the time period.

NetGalley, Annie Buchanan

If you enjoy military history, then this is a book that you are going to really enjoy!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

As featured on A Wargamers needful Things Blog.

A Wargamers Needful Things

The publisher is building a fine catalogue of titles covering aspects of the Ancient World, and particularly of the lesser known leaders and conflicts. This new book forms part of that catalogue and tells the exciting story of one of those competing to succeed Alexander the Great. ... Recommended.

Firetrench

About Jeff Champion

Jeff Champion is a Customs and Excise officer in Australia. He has written numerous articles on Hellenistic warfare for specialist journals such as Slingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients. His first book, Pyrrhus of Epirus, was published by Pen & Sword in 2009 and received very good reviews.

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