Alexander and the Macedonians. Mutiny at Opis. 324 BC. Procession of the ‘successors’, at Susa, 324BC. The ‘successors’ were 30 000 young Persians recruited and trained as soldiers in Macedonian style.
The ‘successors’ were 30 000 young Persians recruited and trained as soldiers in Macedonian style.
“The Epigoni were 30,000 young Iranians enlisted before the invasion of India, taught Greek and trained as Macedonian soldiers. They had shortly before joined the army, at Susa.”
These men were trained by Alex because:
The successors arrived at Susa with:
Historians believe that the Epigoni (or Successors). were not meant to replace the Macedonian soldiers, but the Macedonians got angry. The procession of successors indicates just how far Alexander was prepared to go with the policy of fusion.
But…..This procession led to the
Muting at Opis
At Opis in 324 BC Alexander decided to repatriate those “who, because of old age or disablement, were no longer fit for service” (Arrian). He did this, according to Arrian “to please the Macedonians.”
However, the older Macedonian soldiers saw this as Alexander wanting to replace them with the new ‘successors’ (the persians trained as macedonians) they saw being sent home as an insult They felt A sense of rejection: They believed that Alexander “thought them completely useless for war” (Arrian).
On the next slide is the key events, they are currently jumbled and numbered incorrectly.
Your task:Draw a circular diagram in your notes and place the events in the correct order
“Seating arrangements at the banquet were carefully organised. Closest to Alexander were the Macedonians, then the Persians, then distinguished men of other nationalities.”
Hamilton worksheet ‘Mutiny at opis’ p.121
Read notes on ‘Mutiny at opis’ p.122