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Forever In His Shadow: The “Other” Alexander

In 331BC, beside a rain-swollen river in Southern Italy, the ruler of the Hellenic kingdom of Epirus lay dying. His name was Alexander. Shot through with a javelin by a Lucanian exile, he is said to have remarked (according to … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Addendum – Attila to Napoleon

Last week I seemingly concluded this series with a discussion of the Roman Republic/Empire as a possible successor to Alexander the Great’s legacy. And for me, personally, that’s all there is – by the time of the dissolution of the … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 7 – Hannibal at the Gates

Hannibal Barca is a name synonymous with military genius. Probably the most famous Carthaginian from a civilisation that lasted for at least five-hundred years, if not longer (the exact date of the foundation of the original colony by Phoenician settlers … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 5 – Other Contenders

Besides the initial generations of daidochi, there were others who could (and would try to) lay claim to Alexander’s legacy. We’ll begin with one who probably has more claim than most, a blood-relative of the Macedonian king who, according to … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 4 – Earning the Diadem

So who amongst the diadochi deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Alexander the Great? The answer is, predictably, none of them. Though many aspired to the same heights of glory, none could surpass (or even equal) the achievements of the Great … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 2 – Alexander’s Empire

Alexander the Great (as he would come to be known) was born in 356BC in Pella, the capital of the Kingdom of Macedon. He was the son of Philip II and Olympias, and was educated in his youth by the … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 1 – Introduction

This is the first part in what I hope will be a weekly series (at least for a while). At the moment I intend for it to go on for at least six week, although that might blow out if … Continue reading

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Ancient History: Pergamum

Pergamum (or Pergamon) was a Greek city situated some 26km (16 miles) from the western coast of Anatolia (modern Turkey). Like many sites from antiquity, the city’s origins remain shrouded in myth. The first mention of it is in 399BC, … Continue reading

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