Google full text of our books:


Alexander the Great and His Empire:
A Short Introduction
Pierre Briant
Translated by Amélie Kuhrt

Book Description | Reviews
Introduction [in PDF format]


List of Illustrations vii
Translator's Note ix
Foreword to the American Edition xi
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction: Alexander before the Expedition to Asia Minor (356-334) 1

Chapter I: The Major Stages of the Conquest (334-323) 7
From Granicus to the Fall of Tyre (May 334-Summer 332) 7
From Tyre to the Euphrates (Summer 332-Summer 331) 10
The End of Darius and the Final Submission of Greece (Summer 331-Summer 330) 12
Guerillas in the Eastern Satrapies and Macedonian Opposition (Summer 330-Spring 327) 14
The Conquest of India and the Return via the Persian Gulf (327-325) 20
The Last Years (324-323) 22

Chapter II: The Origins and Objectives of the Conquest 24
The Unsatisfactory Nature of Explanations Based on Personality and Psychology 25
The Heritage of Philip II 28
Alexander and the Royal Territories of the Achaemenids 32
"War of Liberation" and "War of Reprisal": The Limits of Alexander's Philhellenism 33
The Conquest of India and Return via the Persian Gulf 37
The Problem of the "Last Plans" 38

Chapter III: Resistance to the Conquest 42
The Resistance of Darius (334-330) 42
Underground Resistance and Open Revolt in Greece 52
Resistance and Reprisals in the Eastern Satrapies (330-327) 54
The Discontent of the Macedonian Soldiery (330-324) 63

Chapter IV: The Administration, Defense, and Exploitation of the Conquered Lands 67
The Different Degrees of Royal Authority 68
Territorial Control and the Management of the Population 80
Conquest and "Economic Development" 83

Chapter V: Alexander among Macedonians, Greeks, and Iranians 101
Conquest and Surrender: Contradiction and Opposition 102
A Policy for the Future (325-323) 126
Conclusion: The King Is Dead! Long Live the King? 139
An Introductory Bibliography 145

Appendix: The History of Alexander Today: A Provisional Assessment and Some Future Directions 153
Index of Toponyms 187
General Index 190

Return to Book Description

File created: 4/21/2017

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share