More technical is part two, which looks at particular aspects of Antigonos' policy: his relationships with the Greek cities, in Asia Minor and in Greece; his administration of the Asian part of his realm; and his economic and cultural policies and his foundation of new settlements. Billows argues that Antigonos' policies form an important link between those of the Achaemenids and Argeads and those of the Seleukids. Still more technical are the appendices: a study of the sources, a brief analysis of the numbers and origins of Antigonos' armed forces, and a long and detailed prosopography of his friends and subordinates.
Billows clearly admires Antigonos, but he admits this up front and it doesn't seem to have prevented him being objective. He is convincing when he argues that earlier studies have not paid due weight to Antigonos' achievements as an administrator and a ruler, and that he should not be appraised as an emulator of Alexander (especially since Phillip is a far more likely role model). But if Antigonos The One-Eyed is an valuable contribution to the scholarly literature on the period, it is also accessible to non-specialists. Its first section, in particular, is a readable political and military narrative that would be enjoyed by anyone attracted by Alexander and looking for an account of the fascinating period following his death.
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