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Macedonian Armies after Alexander 323-168 BC (Men-At-Arms (Osprey)) [Paperback]

Nicholas Sekunda
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20 Nov 2012 Men-at-Arms (Book 477)
The death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC threw the Macedonians into confusion; there was no capable heir, and no clear successor among the senior figures in Alexander's circle. Initial attempts to preserve the unity of Alexander's conquests gave way to a period of bloody and prolonged warfare (322-275 BC), and the break-up of this glittering but momentary empire.

Macedonia, the heartland of Alexander's dominions, was ruled first by the heirs of Antipater, Alexander's regent, and then by the descendents of Alexander's general Antigonus I Monophthalmus ('the One-Eyed'). For well over a century the largely mercenary armies of Alexander's successors imposed their influence in matters of military costume, kit, doctrine and tactics over the whole of the Near East, while absorbing local military practices.

After Rome's decisive defeat of Carthage in 202 BC and the subsequent Roman dominance over the Western Mediterranean, Macedonia came under increasing pressure from the Romans. Three wars between the two powers culminated in the Roman victory at Pydna in 168 BC, which marked the final destruction of Alexander's empire and established Roman authority over the Near East.

Drawing upon a wide array of archaeological and written sources and written by a noted authority on the Hellenistic period, this survey of the organisation, battle history and appearance of the armies of Alexander's successors is lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned full-colour artwork. It is an essential resource for all those interested in the development of warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East in the turbulent centuries following the death of Alexander.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849087148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849087148
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[...] The book is a good one, I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested. - Miniature Wargames

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Nicholas Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, he went on to take his PhD in 1981. He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran and Greece, and participated in a research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British institute of Persian Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and is currently teaching at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Torun, Poland.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is an interesting introduction to an obscure (in archaeological terms) subject. The author has written extensively on this period, and appears to keep up with current archaeological developments. The colour plates are not very lively so only four stars. Bearing in mind the sources as given in the Plate Commentaries, that is hardly surprising, though some of the other Osprey series do manage to put a lot of life into their reconstruction.

The Contents are -
P03: The Historical Background
.The struggle for power following Alexander's death: the Diadochi - the Argeads - the Antipatrids - the Antigonids - Rome's decisive victory - the final revolts
P06: Historical Sources
P07: Army Staff
.Bodyguards - hyspaspistai - royal pages
P08: Cavalry
.clothing and equipment - recruitment- regiments
.Organization and strength
P13 Infantry
.The Macedonian pike - Macedonian shields - helmets - cuirasses
.Recruitment - organization - officers -chiliarchia - pay
.The phalanx regiments: peltastai - agema - chalkaspides - leukaspides
.Artillery
P38: Select Bibliography
P41: Plate Commentaries
P48: Index

The Colour Plates, pages 25-32:
A: Cavalry Inspection, c.325-300 BC: This shows three figures and a horse in front of some buildings, with another small figure of a man and a horse in the background - "figures A1 and A3 are based (sic) two similar Pompeian frescos from the 'House of Jason' and the 'House of the Golden Cupids', reproducing a painting of the 4th century BC."
B: Guard Cavalry, c.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A try after review 12 Jun 2014
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I had read reviews on Amazon for this book and was a bit unsure weather to buy ,but did in the end and I was not unhappy with it
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Typical Recent Osprey offering 21 Nov 2012
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I was rather disappointed by this new Osprey release, although not really surprised. Being aware of the paucity of hard evidence for this era I was interested to see what new finds would be used to `feed in' to what we already know/surmise. In this respect I was not disappointed as Dr Sekunda has made good use of more recent discoveries. Unfortunately the book falls into the usual Osprey trap where the Ancient world is concerned, of drawing sweeping conclusions from very limited evidence. Indeed Dr Sekunda's own caveat at the beginning of his earlier book on Alexander's army ("almost every statement in the text below could be challenged") should have been repeated here also! For example; a tomb painting of one individual only represents that individual at a particular time and should not be taken as an example of wholesale practice and extended to cover entire units/regiments or extended periods of time. To put it simply; uniforms as we know them did not exist in the ancient world, yet so many Osprey titles imply the exact opposite. I do wonder to what extent this practice reflects the views of Osprey's contributing authors and how much it is down to editorial policy (except for Raffaele D'Amato's Osprey titles, which somehow buck this trend and provide realistic assessment). So to sum up, an interesting addition but not essential and the colour illustrations really are very mediocre, I am sorry to say.
[see especially Raffaele D'Amato - [ASIN:1848325126 Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier: From Marius to Commodus](Roman Centurions 753-31 BC: The Kingdom and the Age of Consuls) By D'Amato, Raffaele (Author) Paperback on 23-Aug-2011]
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