In the Shadow of Olympus: The Emergence of Macedon (Princeton Paperbacks)

October 30, 2020
In the Shadow of Olympus: The Emergence of Macedon (Princeton Paperbacks)

In tracing the emergence of the Macedonian kingdom from itsorigins as a Balkan backwater to a major European and Asian power,Eugene Borza offers to specialists and lay readers alike arevealing account of a relatively unexplored segment of ancienthistory. He draws from recent archaeological discoveries and anenhanced understanding of historical geography to form a narrativethat provides a material-culture setting for political events.Examining the dynamics of Macedonian relations with the Greekcity-states, he suggests that the Macedonians, although theygradually incorporated aspects of Greek culture into their ownsociety, maintained a distinct ethnicity as a Balkan people. "Borzahas taken the trouble to know Macedonia: the land, its prehistory,its position in the Balkans, and its turbulent modern history. Allcontribute...to our understanding of the emergence of Macedon....Borza has employed two of the historian's most valuable tools,autopsy and common sense, to produce a well-balanced introductionto the state that altered the course of Greek and Near Easternhistory."--Waldemar Heckel, Bryn Mawr Classical Review