This book manages to cover, in less than 200 pages, a very clear and concise summation of the period of Alexander the Great's achievements and his legacy in the period from the time of Alexander's succession to Macedon, 336 BCE through to 30 CE, when Rome removed the last of Alexander's successor dynasties, the Ptolemies. A massive task and accomplishment in such a small but very neat book.
This book allows an interested reader to grasp the complicated politics and culture of the times and move from there to areas of further interest. The book is enhanced by very good maps, genealogical tables and a chronological timeline, as well as a very good bibliography and guide for further reading designed specifically for the non-specialist interested reader. I am endlessly fasincated by Greek and Roman history, and by the history of the Near and Middle East; and this book does not disappoint. The writing throughout is clear and precise.
I appreciated the fact that the book proceeds in a chronological narrative; difficult to do in such complicated times that covered such a wide geographical area and encompassed cultural, economic, social, political and military changes; but appreciated for the flow of narrative that leads to ready understanding and a sense of definitiveness of time over the course of events of three centuries. Having said that, if a reader attempted this book with absolutely no pre-knowledge of Greek, Macedonian or Persian history (or a clear idea of the geographical areas covered) they may well struggle with the sheer mindboggling number of names, places and events that are necessarily covered in a short book of this nature.
I have not read any of the author's other books to date; however, on the strength of this book I will be looking to get his biography of Alexander, Alexander of Macedon.
Good day, Tradition for reviewing "Middle East history and archeology" - 5 credits course (by J. Frosen professor and Z. Fiema professor who have been teaching me a student of Middle East history and archeology doing PHD at Helsinki University majoring in Semitic Languages and Cultures at Helsinki University Open university possibly) book is interesting job. The book certaily serves for the reader the purpose of working on research of history and archeology of Middle East in Semitic languages and cultures, which has become research of the Middle East -together with the course literature such as Hellenistic civilization by W.W. Tarn (Arnold, 1927). I certainly recommend the book for students of universities open universities in Warsawa, Prague, Budapest and other cities in the Eastern Europe - possibly Russia - to get a view for work on research of ther local history and archaelogy! Have a good day!
I very much enjoyed this book but accidentally purchased a duplicate of it with a slightly different title and ISBN. The duplicate book is Alexander The Great And The Hellenistic Age [Paperback] by Prof Peter Green; ISBN-13: 978-0753824139