By Arnold Joseph Toynbee
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He had under his direct or indirect control most of the armed forces of the Macedonian and Persian regimes, and the accumulated reserves of the Persian Empire were his to dispose of. The combination of ships, men, and money was irresistible during his lifetime, but was dispersed by his death. His career, it can be argued, was a continuous acquisition of power, with the resources of Macedonia enlarged by the vast reserves of bullion and 22 Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2007 Alexander the Great manpower afforded by the Persian Empire.
1989); and IX, 2nd edn. (1994). For the best one-volume dictionary in English on the ancient world, see S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth, The Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD), 3rd edn. (Oxford, 1996). For geographical reference, the standard work is now R. J. A. Talbert, ed. (with many collaborators), Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton & Oxford, 2000). Two of the most learned works on the Hellenistic period are in French, Pr´eaux (1978) and Will (1979–1982), the latter dealing primarily with political history, the former with culture and society.
W. Walbank in the bibliography). c. (Second Punic War to the fall of the Antigonid dynasty), not to provide a narrative history of the Hellenistic world. We can recover some of his history from the Roman historian Livy, but his adaptation will never be equal to the original. c. Almost nothing of Poseidonios’ universal history has survived. So, it is not that there weren’t contemporary historians of the Hellenistic world, it is the sad fact that most of their works have perished. c. that included the Hellenistic period.
Constantine Porphyrogenitus and His World by Arnold Joseph Toynbee