By Francois Chamoux
Spanning the interval from Alexander the Great's accession to the throne in 336 BC to the defeat via Octavian of Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC, this quantity offers a bright account of the cutting edge civilization of the Hellenistic global.
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Not long after, an inept plot was uncovered on the part of a few young men of the royal escort (what is called the Pages’ Conspiracy). Callisthenes had imprudently uttered condemnatory remarks about tyranny, likely to cause offense to the king. H e was accused of being implicated in that plot and put to death with those responsible for it. The Aristotelian philosophical school, the Peripatos, never forgave Alexander for having struck down one of its representatives, and showed toward him a hostility which Plutarch, many centuries later, still thought it necessary to counter.
Already the king had sometimes appeared in public in Persian dress. People could not forget what concessions he had made to the etiquette of the Achaemenid court. The wish to bring about a welding of the diverse components of his states - in the first place the union of the Macedonian and the Iranian ones, the foremost among them - was made even more evident by other marriages, those of his principal lieutenants with Iranian women. Hephaestion, his closest friend, married another daughter of Darius.
These speak for themselves in the case of Alexander. It is true that many Greeks in the fourth century, following the example of Isocrates, were in favor of a war of conquest against the Achaemenid monarchy that would allow the restoration among Greek cities of the moral unity they had known at the time of the Persian wars. Yet no one imagined that an operation of that nature could go beyond the liberation of the Aegean seaboard. Had Philip lived to undertake it, there is reason to believe that his realism would have imposed limits o n his ambition, and that in response to Darius’ offer he would have behaved like Parmenio (see p.
Hellenistic civilization by Francois Chamoux