The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks (Hardcover)

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About the Author

Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar and translator living in southern Greece. In addition to more than twenty-five translations of works of Greek literature, he is the author of numerous books, including Olympia: The Story of the Ancient Olympic Games and Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens: A History of Ancient Greece.

Praise For…

“General, patron of the arts, votary of the god Pan, generous king, and occasional tyrant, Antigonus Gonatas ruled the legendary Kingdom of Macedon, and Waterfield’s The Making of a King is the perfect introduction to this eccentric and exciting figure. Waterfield’s fame lies in is his ability to make sense and write enthralling accounts of the most perplexing periods of Greek and Roman history. The life and times of Antigonus Gonatas are such a labyrinth, rendered by Waterfield’s fierce intelligence and vibrant prose into a smooth road for the rejoicing reader.”
— J. E. Lendon, author of Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity

“Not merely an impressive biography of Antigonus Gonatas but also an excellent introduction to the whole early Hellenistic era. The author combines meticulous research with an accessible writing style to bring to life an oft-neglected period of ancient history.”
— Philip Matyszak, author of Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World

“With a wealth of information, elegant prose, and wit, Waterfield presents a colorful image of Antigonus alongside other men and women of the era's royal families. He engages readers with anecdotes from Plutarch's Moralia and highlights comparisons with modern powers, bringing this rich ancient story to a new audience.”
— Ioanna Kralli, Ionian University in Greece

“Waterfield blends biography and history to give a layered account of the events of the third century through the life, times, and character of Antigonus, one of the most successful of the Antigonid kings of Macedon. Antigonus’s rule of the Greeks is a defining feature of this period, but it has rarely been treated in such depth. Waterfield has done commendable work in opening third-century Greece and the Antigonid kingdom to a general audience."
— Shane Wallace, Trinity College Dublin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780226611372
ISBN-10: 022661137X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 296

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