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Demetrius the Besieger

Pat Wheatley and Charlotte Dunn


Demetrius the Besieger is a historical and historiographical biography of Demetrius Poliorcetes ‘The Besieger of Cities’ (336–282 BC), an outstanding, yet enigmatic figure who presided over the disintegration of Alexander the Great’s empire after 323 BC. His campaigns, initiatives, and personal life bestride the opening forty years of the so-called ‘Hellenistic’ age, and are pivotal in its formation. Son of Antigonus Monophthalmus ‘The One-Eyed’, who fought alongside Alexander, Demetrius is the most fascinating and high profile of the Diadochoi, or Successors to Alexander the Great, and he bec ... More

Keywords: Alexander the Great, Diadochoi, Demetrius Poliorcetes, Successors to Alexander, siege warfare, military history, Antigonus Monophthalmus, ancient sexuality, Hellenistic kingship, Greek coinage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pat Wheatley, author
Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Otago, New Zealand

Charlotte Dunn, author
Lecturer in Classics, University of Tasmania