Spitamenes


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Spitamenes

 

Sogdian military commander.

The leader of an uprising in Sogdiana and Bactria against Alexander the Great in 329 B.C., Spitamenes was killed in 328 by nomad leaders who feared Alexander’s vengeance. The uprising led by Spitamenes was quelled only in 327 B.C.

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Thus, the Delian League is really NATO; the Spitamenes campaign is the Little Bighorn; Parmenio is Patton; Philip II in Thebes is like Peter the Great in the West; and Athens and Sparta are like Germany and Britain before the First World War.
Mathias goes on to tell us of Spitamenes, the enemy commander, preparing an ambush and cutting Alexander's forward forces to pieces as they eagerly pursue him into the hills and narrow trails in the mountains.
As a result, Alexander spent more time conquering Afghanistan than he did Persia, and with less to show for it: not only did Afghanistan offer no comparable symbolic and strategic victory, but constant revolts undermined whatever glory he could claim for his defeat of Spitamenes, his primary Afghan foe.