I own and have read volume one. It's a very good overview of the period.
The Wars of Alexander's Successors - Bc. Volume 2: Battles and Tactics by Bob Bennett
I intend to buy volume 2 when I get a chance. It got a poor review from 'chaps who have read everything' in the subject though, in Slingshot — simply as they have read it all before.
But I haven't, so it was good for me. The series from the publisher is getting overall good reviews though — Phyrrus, Mithradates, etc.
I really enjoyed the first volume. I've ordered the second and am waiting for it to be delivered.
Have now finished v2. Filled in some gaps — ends with Ipsus in BC. Chatty style, reads well. The two volumes go well together. One pedantic comment on v2 — equates kontos of Alexander's Companions and thrusting spear of the Thessalians which is probably incorrect!
The Wars of Alexander's Successors 323 - 281 BC
When the dying Alexander the Great was asked to whom he bequeathed his vast empire, he supposedly replied 'to the strongest'. There ensued a long series of struggles between his generals and governors for control of these vast territories. Most of these Diadochi, or successors, were consummate professionals who had learnt their trade under Alexander and, in some cases, his father Philip. Siege and naval warfare is also included. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. August 9, - Published on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Horribly written. Unintelligible in many pages.
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Book might be worthwhile with good editing and a revision. Maps are worse than useless. October 6, - Published on Amazon. For what little evidence we have of this era in history, Roberts and Bennett do a good job of recreating battles during the time period.
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It's useful for anyone wanting to learn about how each of the battles that have sufficient evidence behind them were fought, and will expand just about everyone's knowledge of warfare in this time period. They talk about the composition of the armies, different tactical problems each commander faced, and each battle has a map to go along with it. It's definately a great tool to use.
I also recommend reading the first Volume which details the campaigns also, since they aren't all mentioned here. Volume I will talk about troop numbers, the politics of the era, and the campaigns themselves. Definately worth reading. March 13, - Published on Amazon. First posted on Amazon.