Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors (Paperback)
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Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors (Paperback)

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Published: 13/05/2021
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With his customary enthusiasm and erudition, Goldsworthy chronicles the story of how Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great transformed a northern Greek kingdom into a vast empire that shaped world history.

By the end of his short life, Alexander the Great had redrawn the map of the ancient world to create an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indian subcontinent. But his success was not just the product of his own genius and restless energy, it was built on decades of effort by his father.

History has portrayed Philip II of Macedon as a one-eyed old man whose assassination allowed Alexander to accede to power. But there was far more to him than this. Through decades of hard fighting and clever diplomacy, Philip unified his country and conquered Greece. His son inherited all of this at the perfect moment for him to win yet greater glory.

The work of a master historian, Philip and Alexander describes how Philip and Alexander of Macedon transformed a weak kingdom in northern Greece into a globe-spanning empire and - in so doing - changed the course of history.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781784978778
Number of pages: 672
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

As successful in meeting its ambitions as Philip's kingship, as sweeping as Alexander's conquests - Tom Holland

Belongs on the (sturdy) shelf of any reader interested in military, political, or social history - Minerva Magazine

By pairing the two giants of Macedonia, Goldsworthy helps the reader understand Alexander's life all the better, and sheds light on the achievements and character of Philip - Aspects of History

Sterling scholarship, engaging prose, insightful analysis, and unbiased assessment - Victor Davis Hanson

A gripping history that combined deep scholarship with readability... This is an epic history. Very much in the vein of the Tom Holland histories of empire, enjoyable and informative but also gripping' - NB Magazine

Contributes significantly to making these scholarly developments accessible to a very wide audience, through engaging narratives which capture the political complexity of the Greek world both before and after Alexander. The major innovation of Goldsworthy's vivid Philip and Alexander is to pair Alexander's biography with that of his father, Philip II - TLS

Adrian Goldsworthy takes a fresh approach to the well-worn tale, dealing with the gaps in our knowledge with candour and resisting the urge to fill them with speculation - Military History Monthly

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“Fantastic historical analysis”

This is the first book that introduced me to the incredible work of Adrian. You will be transported back into the BC era with his in-depth world building allowing the reader to understand the when, where, why etc of... More

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“Clear synopsis of the rise of Macedonian Empire”

Goldsworthy's writing, both clear and full of detail, will have you unable to down this book.
Philip II is very often overlooked due to his son, and this boom shows how important of an ancient figure he... More

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