Outgoing book: “In the Path of Conquest: Resistance to Alexander the Great” & la mia petizione

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia- your source about Alexander the Great! I found a new outgoing book in publication! It’s

In the Path of Conquest: Resistance to Alexander the Great

by Waldemar Heckel

published by Oxford University Press

on March 12th 2020

This book offers a fresh insight into the conquests of Alexander the Great by attempting to view the events of 336-323 BCE from the vantage point of the defeated. The extent and form of the resistance of the populations he confronted varied according to their previous relationships with either the Macedonian invaders or their own Achaemenid rulers. The internal political situations of many states―particularly the Greek cities of Asia Minor―were also a factor. In the vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Aegean to the Indus, some states surrendered voluntarily and others offered fierce resistance. Not all regions were subdued through military actions. Indeed, as the author argues, the excessive use of force on Alexander’s part was often ineffective and counterproductive.

In the Path of Conquest examines the reasons for these varied responses, giving more emphasis to the defeated and less to the conqueror and his Macedonian army. In the process, it debunks many long-held views concerning Alexander’s motives, including the idea that his aim was to march to the eastern limits of the world. It also provides a fresh reevaluation of Darius III’s successes and failures as a commander. Such a study involves rigorous analysis of the ancient sources, and their testimony is presented throughout the book in the form of newly translated passages. A unique portrait of a well-known age, In the Path of Conquest will significantly alter our understanding of Alexander’s career.

Waldemar Heckel is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History and Research Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary. His previous books include The Conquests of Alexander the GreatWho’s Who in the Age of Alexander, and Alexander’s Marshals.
  • Hardback: 344 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0190076682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190076689

Ho inoltre deciso di rilanciare la petizione affinché i libri di Mary Renault abbiano il giusto spazio (con un’edizione italiana finora mancante) nel mercato nostrano. Vi chiedo quindi di


e condividerla ovunque vogliate!

Grazie a tutti,


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