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2nd Edition

Alexander's Marshals
A Study of the Makedonian Aristocracy and the Politics of Military Leadership

ISBN 9780367873769
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
398 Pages

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Book Description

This substantially revised and updated second edition of The Marshals of Alexander’s Empire (1992) examines Alexander’s most important officers, who commanded army units and were involved in military and political deliberations. Chapters on these men have been expanded, giving greater attention to personalities, bias in the sources, and the social as well as military setting, including more on familial connections and regional origins in an attempt to create a better understanding of factions. The major confrontations, military and political, are treated in greater detail within the biographies, and a discussion of the organization and command structure of the Makedonian army has been added.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations

Map of Alexander’s Empire


Chapter 1: The House of Attalos

Chapter 2: The House of Aëropos

Chapter 3: Antipatros son of Iolaos

Chapter 4: Parmenion and Philotas

Chapter 5: Black Kleitos and his Relatives: The House of Dropidas

Chapter 6: Koinos son of Polemokrates

Chapter 7: Hephaistion son of Amyntos

Chapter 8: Meleagros son of Neoptolemos

Chapter 9: Leonnatos son of Anteas

Chapter 10: Krateros son of Alexandros

Chapter 11: Perdikkas son of Orontes

Chapter 12: The Sons of Andromenes

Chapter 13: Polyperchon

Chapter 14: The Family of Harpalos

Chapter 15: Ptolemy son of Lagos

Part II

The Instruments of Power

  1. Alexander and the Macedonian Aristocracy

  2. The Organization of the Army


  1. Sirrhas (Irrhas) the Illyrian

  2. The so-called conspiracy of Amyntas Perdikka

  3. Asandros son of Philotas

  4. Artakoana

  5. The Office of Chiliarch and Hephaistion’s Chiliarchy

  6. White Kleitos and the Naval War in the Aegean

  7. Neoptolemos archihypaspistes

  8. Antigenes, Commander of the Silver Shields

  9. The Sons of Larichos: Erigyios and Laomedon


  1. The House of Attalos

  2. The Lynkestian Royal House

  3. The House of Iolaos

  4. The House of Parmenion

  5. The Family of Black Kleitos

  6. The Family of Krateros of Orestis

  7. The House of Andromenes and the Family of Perdikkas

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Waldemar Heckel is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at theUniversity of Calgary (Canada), where he was previously Professor of Classics.


Enthusiasts of Alexander the Great, as well as scholars and students, will be delighted by this thoroughly revised edition of an essential book for the study of the last decades of the fourth century BC. It will no doubt sit on the shelves of every university library.

- Professor Fabienne Marchand, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland