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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 Campaign in Iran: Turbulent Satraps and Frozen Elephants

The Campaign in Iran: Turbulent Satraps and Frozen Elephants

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(p.98) 4 The Campaign in Iran: Turbulent Satraps and Frozen Elephants
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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/9780198153061.003.0004

The winter of 317/16 BC witnessed what is arguably the most momentous campaign in the entire period after the death of Alexander the Great. Two massive coalition armies led by Eumenes and Antigonus the One-Eyed manoeuvred delicately and skilfully in the desolate terrain of central Iran, and the two great battles they fought were recorded by a participant (Hieronymus of Cardia) who was an intimate both of Eumenes and the Antigonids. That account was used by Diodorus, and his narrative of the campaign is one of the most detailed and colourful in his entire encyclopaedic history. This chapter revisits the campaign in Iran and addresses some of the critical issues which determined the strategy and outcome.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, ancient Greece, Iran, Eumenes, Antigonus, Hieronymus of Cardia, Babylonia, Diodorus

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