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Examines the Macedonian army' initial training, their rise to an elite unit under Alexander the Great, and their eventual defeat at the battle of Pydna, in 168 BC. This book also details the daily life, weaponry, experience, and motivations of these men, using primary sources and anecdotal material.
Waldemar Heckel is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Calgary, Canada. His publications include numerous articles on the history of Alexander the Great. Together with John Yardley he has produced the Penguin edition of 'Quintus Curtius Rufus: The History of Alexander' (1984) and most recently, 'Livy: The Dawn of the Roman Empire' for Oxford World's Classics (2000).