Macedonian Armies After Alexander 323 – 168 BC

    I was very pleased with Macedonian Armies After Alexander 323 – 168 BC by Nicholas Sekunda and put forth by Osprey Publishing. This title is number 477 in their Men-at Arms series and delivers exceptionally well. At first I assumed that this book would cover all of the Macedonian style armies that populated the classical world after the death of Alexander the Great, collectively known as the Diadochi. I was pleasantly surprised when, in fact, the book only covers the literal state of Macedon from the time after Alexander until its annexation by the Roman Republic.

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     It is because of this narrower focus that I feel the book does remarkably well, as a title of this limited size also trying to cover the Seleucid Empire and Ptolemaic Egypt simply wouldn’t work. If I had to pick out a few nitpicky things the only ones that come to mind might be a more through historical outline of the three competing dynasties in Macedon during the covered time period. I thought some sort of discussion of how the pikemen/phalangites of this time differed from Alexander’s could have been useful as well. Still these are indeed minor as the book overall was tremendous in covering the topic at hand.
    First of all the illustrator, Peter Dennis, did a remarkable job (as Osprey Publishing usually does with its titles) in creating awesome illustrations of several different Macedonian units in the book. Nicholas Sekunda, the author, also did a good job in relaying the technical information in a coherent and straightforward way, as sometimes these titles can have their information scattered all over so that it doesn’t flow well at all. He brings up many technical points of consideration and explains in detail a few instances where there has been confusion on a matter. My personal favorite takeaway from this book was his in depth discussion on Macedonian shields which included their design, function, and decoration.
    Overall, this was a great Man-at-Arms Osprey title that was a fluid and enlightening read. I encourage anyone who enjoys learning about Macedon or the ancient Macedonian military to check out this book. I will also be on the lookout for other titles Nicholas Sekunda has worked on with Osprey Publishing in the future.
    4.5 out of 5 stars.