By Ian Worthington
Together with his exceptional conquests from Greece within the west to India within the East, Alexander the good was once the kind of guy that legends are made up of; therein lies the matter for these learning him. Ought we to just accept a twin of a rushing king having fun with a string of extraordinary successes, or undertake a extra cynical review, being attentive to the entire disadvantages of his reign? within the gentle of the proof at our disposal, does he even need to be referred to as ''Great''? This fascinating new quantity is an integral advisor for undergraduates to the examine of Alexander the good, displaying the issues of the traditional resource fabric, and making it transparent that there's no unmarried method of be taken. The 11 thematic chapters comprise a wide collection of the main major released articles approximately Alexander, interpreting the most parts of discussion and discussion:the resources; Alexander's history; Alexander's goals; Alexander and the Greeks; Alexander and Asia; Alexander, India and the ultimate Years; Alexander as normal; Alexander and ''The cohesion of Mankind''; Alexander and Deification; Alexander and Conspiracies; Alexander: The 'Great'? The Reader has the virtue of translating a considerable variety of the extra inaccessible basic assets; every one bankruptcy is additionally prefaced with a succinct creation to the subject into consideration.
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The first duties of the newly elected king were the purification of the people, which was achieved by a ceremonial march of the entire army between the two halves of a disembowelled dog, and the obsequies of the dead king, who was buried with some emblem of his kingship. Another duty of the king was to maintain the security of the throne by acting as prosecutor in any case of treason before the Assembly of the Macedones, which alone gave and executed the verdict. Such a case arose at once if the previous king had died by assassination.
In the 29 ALEXANDER’S BACKGROUND climate of success and expansion there was less incentive to challenge the supremacy of the king at Pella, and even the influx of favoured Companions from beyond the borders was tolerable. Philip reigned as an autocrat. The political institutions of Macedon were informal and rudimentary, and there were few practical constraints on a strong king. Like his son, Philip presumably consulted an inner council of intimates on major issues of state,10 but nothing suggests that the council was anything other than advisory.
As the king’s network of alliances expanded, the influence of his nobility contracted. Philip increased the élite body of royal Companions (hetairoi), attracting immigrants from the wider Greek world. Men who would accept his patronage were given lavish donations of land and status at court. Of Alexander’s close circle of boyhood friends three (Nearchus of Crete; Erigyius and Laomedon of Mytilene) were non-Macedonian. Other prominent figures, notably the chief secretary, Eumenes of Cardia, came from abroad.
Alexander the Great: A Reader by Ian Worthington