“As it turned out, even the bloodthirsty Alexander would have been proud of the scope of their ambitions as they plunged the known world into decades of war.”. Although there are very few periods in history comparable to the four decades that followed the death of Alexander the Great, which were forty years of true world wars that would mark the future of Western civilization in the centuries to come, there have been very few publications that refer to this very belligerent time, until today.
The British historian Robin waterfield has carried out a meticulous work of analysis and collection of data relevant to this singular and determining historical stage, gathering everything in an interesting and original work.
This Englishman, who currently resides on a charming farm in the Peloponnese, has devoted most of his career to translating classics. "Dividing the spoils. The war for Alexander the Great’s Empire", Whose title in Spanish has been translated and reduced as"The war for the empire of Alexander the Great”, Is a book that presents something more than a struggle between sides for the legitimacy of an Empire orphaned as a successor, this hellenistic period It was very important due to the spread of Greek culture throughout the known world, in addition to the fact that the Greeks, for their part, expanded their conception of the individual, politics and the meaning of life in general.
For all this, Waterfield's work cannot be pigeonholed as the typical book of wars and battles since it covers many subjects that after all made up the entire historical context that he deals with.
The Wars of the Diádocos (successors of Alexander the Great) started in the year 323 BC. after Alexander's death. The fundamental characteristic of these wars, unlike their predecessors, is that they managed to pit Macedonians against Macedonians, that is, equals against equals, since Macedonia was a unitary state governed centrally by a monarchy, the Argéada dynasty.
Many were the aspirants to be the heirs of the vast Empire of Alexander. I was HeraclesBastard son of this and his lover Bersine, who when his father died only had five years to live, Arrideo, elder brother of the emperor and legitimate son of Philip, his general Losses to whom Alexander bestowed the royal ring before he passed away, the son of his wife Roxana that still throbbed in her belly, and several more.
But they were not all men, there were two women whose lust for power exceeded even those of the most ambitious male successors, Olympia mother of Alexander the Great, and Adea Eurydice, wife of Arrideo and a half relative of Alexander. So many were those who fought to rise to the glory of the Empire that after ten years hardly any of them remained alive, and those who were still breathing, continued fighting. And it is that the avidity for the triumph seemed to take over their wills, so much so, that there were those who went to the battlefield despite being practically old.
During the story of the six wars of the Diádocos, the reader may find that certain passages become complicated and difficult to follow. In any case, the complexity belongs to the time in question, rather than to the hand that describes it. There were too many protagonists, too many battles, and too many side-switching, and that always leads to a confusing narrative thread, though no less truthful for that.
Therefore, the author has included in the annexes (to facilitate your understanding) an extensive bibliography, an ad hoc chronology, a glossary of characters and some useful family trees.