The classical scholar J. P. Mahaffy (1839-1919) is known equally for his work on Greek texts and Egyptian papyri (his edition of The Flinders Petrie Papyri is reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection). He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, and spent the rest of his working life there, ultimately as provost from 1914 until his death. In this illustrated 1887 work, Mahaffy describes Alexander's extraordinary conquest of territories in Europe, Africa and Asia, the collapse of his empire after his death, and the later subjugation of the successor kingdoms to the power of Rome. With his American collaborator Arthur Gilman (1837-1909), Mahaffy discusses Alexander's place in history before giving a close account of his career and death. The successor dynasties, and dominant rulers such as Demetrius II and Pyrrhus, their feuds and their attempted resistance to the rise of Rome, are depicted in an engaging and dramatic narrative.
Preface; 1. Alexander's place in history; 2. Youth and accession of Alexander; 3. The struggle for the supremacy of the world; 4. The Macedonian empire and its limits up to Alexander's death; 5. The problem of the succession; 6. The later wars of the Diadochi down to the battle of Ipsus; 7. From the battle of Ipsus to the invasion of the Celts; 8. The invasion of the Celt (Galatians) and its consequences; 9. King Pyrrhus of Epirus; 10. The golden age of Hellenism; 11. The new lines adopted by philosophy under the Diadochi; 12. The stages of Hellenism in the third century; 13. The three young kings; 14. Science and latters at Alexandria in the days of Philadelphus; 15. The third generation of Hellenism; 16. The rise of the Achaean League; 17. King Agis of Sparta; 18. The rise and spread of federations in the Hellenistic world; 19. The events of King Demetrius II's reign; 20. Commerce and culture at Pergamum and Rhodes; 21. The rise of Antigonus Doson and Cleomenes; 22. The Cleomenic War to the battle of Sellasia; 23. The condition of the Hellenistic world in 221 BC; 24. The last independent sovereigns of the empire; 25. The condition of Pergamum and Rhodes; 26. The reign of Philip V of Macedon; 27. State of the Hellenistic world from 204 to 197 BC; 28. The Hellenistic world from BC 197-190; 29. The Hellenistic world from the battle of Magnesia to the accession of Perseus; 30. The struggle of Perseus with the Romans; 31. The last Syrian war, and fourth assertion of Roman supremacy; 32. The influence of Hellenism on Rome; List of names easily confounded; Index.
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