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The treasures of Alexander the Great : how one man's wealth shaped the world

Author: Frank Lee Holt
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Series: Onassis series in Hellenic culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"War, the most profitable economic activity in the ancient world, transferred wealth from the vanquished to the victor. Invasions, sieges, massacres, annexations, and mass deportations all redistributed property with dramatic consequences for kings and commoners alike. No conqueror ever captured more people or property in so short a lifetime than Alexander the Great in the late fourth century BC. For all its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Holt, Frank Lee
The treasures of Alexander the Great
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
1 online resource
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Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Lee Holt
ISBN: 9780199950966 0199950962 9780199950973 0199950970 9780190469719 0190469714 9780190469702 0190469706 9780190866259 019086625X
OCLC Number: 921864679
Description: xvii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Imagining the Unimaginable; Sources and Methods; Exploring a Neglected past --
2. Poor Alexander? --
Humbled Origins --
The Making of a Hero --
War and Wealth --
3. Conquest, Up Close and Costly --
Balkan Treasures --
Asia Minor --
The Middle East and Beyond --
4. Reciting the Sword's Prayer --
The Lord of All Your Former Possessions --
Booty beyond imagining --
The Sack of Persepolis --
A Historic Haul --
Rajas, Riches, Resentments --
5. A King's Priorities --
Personal Gifts and Patronage --
Religion and Ceremony --
Cities and Other Infrastructure --
Armies and Navies --
6. (Mis)Management --
Lucky Thessalian, Weary Macedonian --
Debt and Despair --
Harpalus the Treasurer --
Scams and Schemers --
With Harpalus or the King? --
The Successors --
7. Conclusion: The Story of the Moral; A Change of Hearts and Minds; Monetization; Counting Coins; What We Can Say About What We Can See --
Appendix 1: Ancient Measures and Modern Conversions --
Appendix 2: Summary of Reported Assets --
Appendix 3: Summary of Reported Debits --
Appendix 4: Where Is It Now?
Series Title: Onassis series in Hellenic culture.
Responsibility: Frank L. Holt.

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