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Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians by Edward M. Anson

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By Edward M. Anson

Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek between Macedonians (2nd version) updates the unique paintings in mild of a decade of scholarly task and provides a lot new research prompted by way of this carrying on with scholarship. Eumenes of Cardia used to be a royal secretary who, within the years following the dying of Alexander the good grew to become an incredible contender for strength. even though he were mainly an administrator instead of one in all Alexander’s elite army commanders, and that he was once a Greek from town of Cardia, instead of a local Macedonian, Eumenes got here just about securing keep watch over of the Asian remnants of Alexander’s empire. His background is critical simply because our assets for the years instantly following the Conqueror’s loss of life are ruled via the Cardian’s tale. additionally, his dying marked in lots of respects the impending finish of the Macedonian dynasty of kings who had governed Macedonia because the eighth c. BC, and his lifestyles illuminated either the character of the Macedonian historical past and the chances of the hot age ushered in by means of the conquests of the good Alexander.

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3–7). Such military experience, even if limited, would make Hieronymus not only an eyewitness, but in many ways an expert eyewitness, fully capable of assessing and describing the personalities and events of his time. His contemporary knowledge would have made him then ideally suited to write such a history. It is with this in mind that the inability to bring any of his fragments into direct, uncontested, relation with the surviving works is so frustrating. Indeed, none of the extant fragments is a direct quotation.

He might embellish an incident, but he apparently did not intentionally alter his source’s overall focus. While proclaiming him a slavish copier of his sources is, perhaps, too strong an indictment, in general, Stylianou’s portrayal (1998: 15, 49, 137–9) of Diodorus is not too far off the mark. One place where Diodorus’ limitations are most apparent is in the area of chronology. Although it is to his credit that he attempted to organize his material chronologically, the system in concept was seriously flawed.

2), and those among the Greeks who joined Philip are termed traitors (54. ” The Athenians went to war to retain their possession of the island of Samos (18. 8. 7), from which they had expelled the Samians; the Athenian leaders are called demagogues (Diod. 18. 10. 1), and the victorious Antipater is praised for his leniency in dealing with the defeated Athenians, even though he ended their democracy (Diod. 18. 18. 4). Clearly, Diodorus is here following two very different sources. Book Sixteen in many ways is a conflicted book.

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