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The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World

Frank L. Holt


War, the most profitable economic activity in the ancient world, transferred wealth violently through the sacking of cities and the selling of survivors into slavery. One of the most notable examples occurred in the late fourth century BC, when Alexander the Great of Macedonia conquered the Persian Empire. For all of its savagery, this invasion has often been heralded as a positive economic event for all concerned. Even those harshly critical of the king tend to praise his plundering of Persia as a means of liberating the moribund resources of the East. To test that popular interpretation, thi ... More

Keywords: Alexander the Great, Macedonia, Persian Empire, War, Wealth, Plunder, Spoils, Ancient economies, Treasure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199950966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank L. Holt, author
Professor of History, University of Houston