From the Mediterranean to the Himalayas, Alexander the Great united a vast empireóand the army that won itóby sheer force of will. But his death in 323 BC precipitated the end of that empire, as his heirs became puppets for his former generals. Classics professor James Romm, also the author of The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought, begins with the death of Alexander, which shook his followers as profoundly as if the sun had fallen from the sky, and left ambitious men scrambling for pieces of his empire. At the center of Romm's history is Alexander's most vigorous defender, his former secretary, who became a cunning general and was the determining factor in the precarious fortunes of the royal family.
"Fast-paced and absorbing.... Romm's captivating study stands alongside Robin Waterfield's engaging recent Dividing the Spoils as a sterling account of a little discussed era in ancient history."óPublishers Weekly