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The Legacy of AlexanderPolitics, Warfare, and Propaganda under the Successors$
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A. B. Bosworth

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198153061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153061.001.0001

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The Politics of the Babylon Settlement

The Politics of the Babylon Settlement

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(p.29) 2 The Politics of the Babylon Settlement
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The Legacy of Alexander
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A. B. Bosworth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198153061.003.0002

No previous event in Macedonian history was anything like as turbulant as the Babylon Settlement. There had been succession crises aplenty, but all had been significantly different. Reigning kings left living sons. They may have been immature boys (like Archelaus' son, Orestes), but at least they were there — there was a plethora of males of the Argead house. So problems arose from an oversupply of potential kings. What is more, the succession to the throne was played out within the boundaries of Macedon, in the traditional heartland of the kingdom. Alexander himself came to power in the old capital of Aegae, with the entire nobility around him and the armed forces united in Macedonia. His accession may have been bloody, but the circumstances did not favour a protracted crisis. Rivals and potential rivals who were close at hand were quickly eliminated, and he was able to achieve recognition in Macedon and stamp his authority on the League of Corinth within a matter of weeks.

Keywords:   politics, Babylon Settlement, ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, Perdiccas, armies, Macedonia

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