James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: the Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire

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(2014-10-31 002)Title: Ghost on the Throne: the Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire

Author: James Romm

Publication Information: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-27164-8

Library of Congress Classification: DF235.4

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Greece–History–Macedonian Hegemony, 323-281 B.C.
Macedonia–History—Diadochi, 323-276 B.C.
Alexander, the Great, 356-323 B.C.—Death and burial

This is the story of what happened after Alexander the Great died in Babylon in 323 BC.

Alexander’s close cadre of friends whom he grew up with as well as conquered the Persian Empire with, quickly devolved into a group of fighting, self-serving men trying to get what they could. In the end, Alexander’s empire would be destroyed, sections of it seized by his various companions.

One man, Perdiccas, attempted to keep the empire together, and he nearly succeeded. Perdiccas had help from an unlikely ally, Eumenes, a Greek…

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