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Philip and Alexander
03 Sep 2020 * EBOOK * £12.99 * 9781784978693

A joint biography that investigates how, during their lifetimes, Philip and Alexander of Macedon transformed a weak kingdom in northern Greece into a globe-spanning empire, and in so doing changed the course of human history.

Non Fiction / BGH (Biography)
Extent: 672 pages  Illus: 2 x 8pp clr
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Philip and Alexander: Kings and ConquerorsAdrian Goldsworthy

Philip and Alexander of Macedon transformed a weak kingdom in northern Greece into a globe-spanning empire. In so doing, they changed the course of history.

By the end of his short life, Alexander the Great had eclipsed the power of Persia, crossed the Hindu Kush and marched into what is now Pakistan, redrawing the map of the ancient world to create an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indian subcontinent. But his success was not just the product of his own genius and restless energy, it was built on decades of effort by his father. History has portrayed Philip II of Macedon as an old man, one-eyed and limping, whose convenient assassination allowed Alexander the Great to come to power. However, there was far more to him than this. Through decades of hard fighting and clever diplomacy, Philip unified his country and conquered Greece. His son inherited all of this at the perfect moment and age for him to chance his luck and win greater glory. Between them, Philip and Alexander played a key role in spreading Greek language and culture over a vast area, the consequences of which were many and profound, for it led to the New Testament being written in Greek, and a Greek-speaking 'Roman' empire surviving in the eastern Mediterranean for a thousand years after the last emperor to rule from Italy.

As authoritative as it is accessible, Philip and Alexander is the latest in a much-praised sequence of essential ancient histories from Adrian Goldsworthy; it is the work of a master historian at the peak of his powers.

Praise for Philip and Alexander:

'A thrilling read, as sweeping as Alexander's conquests' TOM HOLLAND
'Sterling scholarship, engaging prose, insightful analysis and unbiased assessment' VICTOR DAVID HANSON
'History-writing at its best. Expert, fluent and vivid' BARRY STRAUSS

Adrian Goldsworthy is a respected historian of the ancient world. He studied at Oxford, where his doctoral thesis examined the Roman army, and he went on to write acclaimed works of non-fiction including Caesar, Hadrian's Wall, and Philip and Alexander. His fiction includes the authentic and action-packed Vindolanda Trilogy, set in Roman Britain.

Since first publication in 1971, Robin Lane Fox's ALEXANDER THE GREAT has amassed sales of more than half a million copies in its UK editions. PHILIP & ALEXANDER is the first major single volume biography to be published since.

We have sold US rights for $250,000 to Basic Books, who will publish at the same date in North America.

Adrian Goldsworthy continues to attract a growing readership for VINDOLANDA, his trio of historical adventure novels set in Roman Britain. A new trilogy, set on the Persian frontier, follows in 2021.

MARKET: Tom Holland; Mary Beard; Philip Matyszak.


'A gripping history that combined deep scholarship with readability ... This is an epic history. Very much in the vein of the Tom Holland histories of empire, enjoyable and informative but also gripping', NB Magazine.

PRAISE FOR ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY:
'Goldsworthy brings a wonderful vitality to his subject; his account possesses an immediacy usually associated with contemporary history. The reader is treated to an enthralling view of a highly complex system of governance' The Times on Pax Romana.
'Adrian Goldsworthy is on top form with Pax Romana. Pointing out that war was virtually endemic in the ancient world, he explains clearly and persuasively how Rome was able to maintain the peace for such a long period' Peter Jones, on Pax Romana.
'Goldsworthy's true expertise is as a military historian and this is what really gives his biography its strength and bite: his depiction of Augustus's relationship with his legions is masterly' Robert Harris, on Caesar.
'Superb, unputdownable and scholarly' Simon Sebag Montefiore, on Augustus.
'Like Goldsworthy's biography of Julius Caesar, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Ancient Rome' Independent, on Augustus. ,

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