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In the Shadow of Olympus : The Emergence of Macedon - Eugene N. Borza

In the Shadow of Olympus

The Emergence of Macedon

Paperback Published: 28th September 1992
ISBN: 9780691008806
Number Of Pages: 368

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In tracing the emergence of the Macedonian kingdom from its origins as a Balkan backwater to a major European and Asian power, Eugene Borza offers to specialists and lay readers alike a revealing account of a relatively unexplored segment of ancient history. He draws from recent archaeological discoveries and an enhanced understanding of historical geography to form a narrative that provides a material-culture setting for political events.

Examining the dynamics of Macedonian relations with the Greek city-states, he suggests that the Macedonians, although they gradually incorporated aspects of Greek culture into their own society, maintained a distinct ethnicity as a Balkan people.

About the Author

Eugene N. Borza is a professor emeritus of ancient history at Pennsylvania State University. He has written many works on the ancient kingdom of Macedonia.

Industry Reviews

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1991

"This book is an extremely useful account of the history of Macedonia from its shadowy beginnings down through the reign of Philip II. Well written and coherent." - Classical World

"Borza has taken the trouble to know Macedonia: the land, its prehistory, its position in the Balkans, and its turbulent modern history. All contribute... to our understanding of the emergence of Macedon... Borza has employed two of the historian's most valuable tools, autopsy and common sense, to produce a well-balanced introduction to the state that altered the course of Greek and Near Eastern history." - Waldemar Heckel, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

History, the way it should be written.


Eugene understands that we history lovers are denied access to the books scholars use as they are too expensive for the average consumer - normally to get scholarly material it'll be at least a grand. He pinpoints important information, has geographical analysis on the events that occurred and most importantly, is open minded. A lot of accessible books are biased on who the Macedonians were; as they normally label them as Greek. He for one has stepped up to this modern-day communistic-like pressure that Historians world wide suffer from, being suppressed by politics. Eugene does in depth analysis to confirm that it is not the case, that the Macedonians were not Greeks but an independent people. This is also undertaken by analysing other scholars who conclude based on inconclusive evidence, which is a very important thing when it comes to history. He also explains the common false use of quotations that enhance this ideal that the Macedonians were Greek through logic.

Sydney, AU


In the Shadow of Olympus

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List of Illustrations
Toward a History of Ancient Macedoniap. 3
The Land of Macedoniap. 23
Prehistoric Macedoniap. 58
Who Were the Macedonians?p. 77
Alexander Ip. 98
Perdiccas IIp. 132
Archelausp. 161
The House of Amyntas IIIp. 180
"...The Greatest of the Kings in Europe..."p. 198
Political Institutions in the Age of Philip and Alexanderp. 231
Material Culure in the Age of Philip and Alexanderp. 253
The Emergence of Macedonp. 277
Appendix A: Some Bibliographical Notesp. 283
Appendix B: Some Topographical Notesp. 287
Appendix C: Some Diverse Endnotesp. 292
Appendix D: Addenda to the Paperback Editionp. 301
Bibliographyp. 315
Indexp. 333
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691008806
ISBN-10: 0691008809
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th September 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.67  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.52