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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 3: The Successors

The period immediately after Alexander the Great’s death was one of confusion and uncertainty. The great conqueror had left no clear instructions for the succession – a curious oversight, considering his formidable organisational powers. Maybe Alexander had finally convinced himself … 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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