De territoriale ambities van de diadochen in de eerste jaren na de dood van Alexander de Grote (323-320 v.C.)



Scholars almost universally agree that there were two tendencies among the
Successors of Alexander the Great: while some are assumed to have aimed at
gaining control of Alexander's entire empire, others supposedly were content
with a part of it. This paper will question the foundations of this communis
opinio, as both Diodorus Siculus and Cornelius Nepos explicitly state that all
the Successors wanted to lay their hands on the entire realm and no ancient
author mentions any separatist tendencies. A new assessment might show that
many of the alleged signs of separatism in the early Successor era can also be
interpreted in other ways.