This is the last in Mary Renault's Alexander trilogy, although Alexander doesn't really make an appearance in it at all. His shadow hovers over everything that happens, but he is dead by the start of the book. This is about how his followers, relatives, successors tore themselves apart after his death, each striving to assume power, to follow Alexander's wishes, to avenge old scores and feuds. Of course, the whole point of a man like Alexander is that no-one could follow him, no-one could live up to such a legend. Sometimes I think it's a strange way to end a trilogy of books about Alexander, with Alexander dead and gone by the end of the middle book, but I suppose how his empire disintegrated after him is as much a part of his story as anything that went on before.