After conquering much of the known world, Alexander the Great died in Babylon in 332BC at the spritely age of thirty-two. For almost forty years, his generals waged a world war over the inheritance of the Macedonian Empire. Through these world-changing and era-defining events, Alexander’s incomparable legacy gained a near-religious prominence, a propaganda-propelled mythos that adorned a myriad of emerging cultures. Being the archetypal figurehead of the Hellenic civilisation, Alexander inevitably left a deep and indelible impression on the greatest inheritor of attic sophistication, Rome.
The conflict between war and law, explored in Gary Bass’s latest work, is tragically in play again.