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1st Edition

Ancient Macedonia

ISBN 9780415827287
Published August 1, 2017 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

The first English-language monograph on ancient Macedonia in almost thirty years, Carol J. King's book provides a detailed narrative account of the rise and fall of Macedonian power in the Balkan Peninsula and the Aegean region during the five-hundred-year period of the Macedonian monarchy from the seventh to the second century BCE. King draws largely on ancient literary sources for her account, citing both contemporary and later classical authors. Material evidence from the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics is also explored.

Ancient Macedonia balances historical evidence with interpretations—those of the author as well as other historians—and encourages the reader to engage closely with the source material and the historical questions that material often raises. This volume will be of great interest to both under- and post-graduate students, and those looking to understand the fundamentals of the period.

Table of Contents

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List of abbreviations

Chapter 1 Early Macedonia

Chapter 2 Macedonia and the Argead Monarchy in the Fifth Century

Chapter 3 Macedonian Succession and Survival, 399-360

Chapter 4 Philip II: Consolidation and Expansion, 360-336

Chapter 5 Macedonian Military

Chapter 6 Alexander III and Macedonia, 356-334

Chapter 7 Alexander and the Macedonians Beyond Macedonia, 334-323

Chapter 8 Antipater and the Early Wars of the Successors, 334-319

Chapter 9 Between Dynasties: Wars of the Successors, 319-279

Chapter 10 The Antigonids, the Greek Leagues, and Rome, 278-167



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Carol J. King is Associate Professor of Classics at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has taught classics and ancient history courses at several universities in the US and Canada. Her primary research focuses on the historiography of Alexander the Great and the literary evidence for ancient Macedonia more broadly. In addition to political and military history, she has also published on divination practices in ancient Macedonia.


This authoritative, well-written narrative history of ancient Macedonia, from its early days to absorption by Rome, is sorely needed, and will become a staple of university courses to do with ancient Greece and Macedonia. The numerous illustrations help to bring the text alive, and a stand-alone chapter on the Macedonian military helps to show how and why the army was the most feared and successful before that of Rome.

- Professor Ian Worthington, University of Missouri, USA