By Richard Stoneman
Offers an creation to the heritage of Alexander and the most issues of his reign. in addition to tackling difficulties of interpretation, the textual content comprises: an exam of the written and different assets, and the issues of operating with them; dialogue of archaeological and numismatic proof; an overview of the Macedonian heritage; perception into Alexander's schooling and ideas; an exploration of Alexander's declare to divinity; evaluation of Alexander's brief and long term achievements; and a examine of his effect in antiquity.
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6), including 30,000 Greek mercenaries (Bosworth 1988, 57) – and was marching steadily northwards from Babylon, accompanied by the royal treasure and the women of the court, including Darius’ mother, wife and daughter. The impedimenta (though not the royal women) were left in safety at Damascus, and the army encamped at Sochi, a short distance inland from 31 robin-bobin the coast of the Gulf of Iskenderun, but separated from it by the Amanus range. Developments were slow as Alexander was still recovering from his illness.
From this point, nothing but absolute conquest would satisfy Alexander. The capture of Tyre was strategically unnecessary (though the Tyrian fleet was significant): a garrison on the mainland would have achieved 35 robin-bobin his ends. The six-month siege shows him, once again, as a master of tactics and of the art of siege warfare, but one suspects impetuosity in the decision to undertake a full siege in the first place. Again Alexander will have regretted his lack of a fleet. Tyre stood on an island half a mile offshore, and the channel between was as much as twenty feet deep in places.
The army reached the Hellespont (Dardanelles) in twenty days, and the crossing into Asia began. This was a time-consuming operation, and while Parmenio took charge of it Alexander undertook a detour which was of great propaganda value as well as religious significance. It began with a sacrifice at the tomb of Protesilaus (the name means ‘first-leaper’), who had been the first of the Greeks to land when the Trojan War began – and the first to die too. Alexander then crossed the straits of Gallipoli.