In 338 BC Philip II of Macedon established Macedonian rule over Greece; he was succeeded in 336 by his son Alexander the Great, whose conquests in the twelve years that followed reached as far as the Russian steppes, Afghanistan, and the Punjab, and created the Hellenistic world. The study of Macedonia has just been completed in three volumes by N. G. L. Hammond, helped by G. T. Griffith and F. W. Walbank. On the basis of that work, (Volume III of which won the
Runicman Award, 1989), Professor Hammond now provides in one volume a history of the Macedonian State in action from early times to 167 BC. The most important concern is the nature of the Macedonian State and its institutions both in Europe and in the Hellenistic kingdoms in Asia and Egypt, on which much
new light has been shed by epigraphic and archaeological discoveries. Those institutions have had a profound influence upon subsequent history. Full references are given to the ancient sources of information and to archaeological, numismatic, and epigraphic articles.
`a very useful one-volume summary, with some updating and changes of mind, of the three-volume "Oxford History of Macedonia.'
'N.G.L. Hammond's name has become virtually synonomous with the study of the history of Macedonia. Hammond remains a much-loved figure to his colleagues, students, and fellow scholars ... He is, in short, an institution, and a venerable one at that. Macedonian State is the vintage Hammond. Indeed, it can function as the summary of and key to all other Hammond scholarship ... his vision of the unity of Macedonian past and present can often be
compelling ... His strengths are well known ... Hammonds knowledge of the now largely vanished traditional culture he encountered in his early travels in Macedonia has profoundly affected his understanding of ancient Macedonian history.'
Elizabeth Carney, Clemson University, Ancient History Bulletin, 5.5/6 (1991)
'A 1992 reprint as a Clarendon Paperback ... should make an essential study ... more readily available. The brief account of 'sopme Royal Tombs' ... and, even more, 'the women of the royal house' ... ought to be compulsory reading for all.'
P. Walcot, Greece and Rome, October 1993
The land and the people; The monarchy and the Temenid Kings; The Macedonians and their neighbours down to 452; The organization of the Macedonian State under Temenid rule; A period of weakness 452-359; The winning of military supremacy 359-323; The consolidation and expansion of the Macedonian State 359-323; Government and ideas in Europe in the period of greatness 359-323; The Macedonians and the Greeks of the Common Peace; The Civil War and the
splitting of the Macedonian World 323-304; The wars of the Kings and the division of the Macedonian Kingdom 303-281; The heirs of strife and the intrusion of foreign powers 281-221; Philip V's policy in Greece and his war with Rome 221-196; Macedonia siding with Rome and at war with Rome 196-167;
Institutions of the Macedonian State c.267-167