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Out in November: “Demetrius. Sacker of Cities” by James Romm

Good morning and happy Sunday everyone, I’m Elena and thank you for being here on Alessandro III di Macedonia, blog about Alexander the Great and Hellenism! Today I announce the release of another book in November:

Demetrius. Sacker of Cities

by James Romm

Imprint: Yale University Press

Publishing Date: Tuesday, 29 Nov 2022

A portrait of one of the ancient world’s first political celebrities, who veered from failure to success and back again

The life of Demetrius (337–283 BCE) serves as a through-line to the forty years following the death of Alexander (323–282 BCE), a time of unparalleled turbulence and instability in the ancient world. With no monarch able to take Alexander’s place, his empire fragmented into five pieces.

Capitalizing on good looks, youth, and sexual prowess, Demetrius sought to weld those pieces together and recover the dream of a single world-state, with a new Alexander—himself—at its head. He succeeded temporarily, but in crucial, colossal engagements—a massive invasion of Egypt, a siege of Rhodes that went on a full year, and the Battle of Ipsus—he came up just short. He ended his career in a rash invasion of Asia, and he became the target of a desperate manhunt only to be captured and destroyed by his own son-in-law.

James Romm is an author, a reviewer, and the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. His reviews and essays appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Review of Books.

Hardcover (also available in eBook)
ISBN: 978-0300259070
224 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 1 map
$ 26.00

This is another release in the series Ancient Lives of the book Cleopatra. Her History, Her Myth by Francine Prose. James Romm doesn’t need an introduction and this book is sure to be read! If you want to save a reminder to your Google Calendar you can save it from HERE.

Thank you for reading and have a good Sunday,

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