Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire


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5.21 X 8.01 X 0.79 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

James Romm is James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written two books on the ancient Greek world, The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought and Herodotus, and edited Arrian's Campaigns of Alexander, part of the distinguished Landmark series of works by ancient Greek historians.


"Romm charts all the reversals and alliances with the skill of a great detective." --Los Angeles Times

"Thrilling. . . . But Ghost on the Throne is [also] a careful work of fine scholarship." --The New Criterion

"Offering well-paced and often-dramatic narratives, up-to-date research, and thorough documentation. . . . [Romm] lends a vividness and passion to his narrative." --The Wall Street Journal

"Romm is a gifted storyteller as well as a respected scholar." --Choice

"[Romm has] mastered the knack that all classicists should have: He can get inside the sources and bring them alive. . . . This is history every reader should know, and this is exactly how it should be written." --Open Letters Monthly

"Romm's saga of the tumultuous years immediately following Alexander's relatively sudden death . . . becomes something of a thriller: [Who] will survive until the next chapter in this roller coaster of an imperial succession story?" --History Book Club

"Romm . . . is one of a few historians worldwide who can be numbered among the Alexander experts." --Westfair Online

"Written more as a thriller than a history tome." --The Daily Freeman

"Fast-paced and absorbing . . . Captivating . . . A sterling account of a little discussed era in ancient history." --Publishers Weekly

"Lively. . . . [A] scholarly but colorful account of the toxic fallout from the untimely demise of a continent-striding conqueror. . . . Romm paints a vivid portrait of ancient politics." --Kirkus Reviews