Download e-book for kindle: A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell Companions by Andrew Erskine

By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 0631225374

ISBN-13: 9780631225379

Masking the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative better half explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays through prime overseas scholars.
  • Essential studying for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
  • Draws at the very most recent research.
  • Covers a large variety of subject matters, spanning political, non secular, social, monetary and cultural history.

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Since the publication of Droysen’s work the discovery of new inscriptions and papyri has provided historians with an ever-increasingwealth of evidence to exploit, allowing a far more subtle and nuanced picture to emerge. Nonetheless, in spite of the work of some great scholars the Hellenistic world has never received the same degree of attention as its Classical predecessor. The dominance of Classics as an academic discipline among the elite of more modern times has kept the ancient world alive but it has also tended to exclude those areas that have less to contribute to Classics as traditionally understood.

In short, everythmg was possible in 323, except a peaceful succession. 1 Babylon and Triparadeisos: from Perdikkas to Antipater Perdikkas was the first to achieve pre-eminence in the aftermath of Alexander’s death. He had been the closest of his friends in 323, and he was on the spot, in Babylon, to 22 David Braund manage matters (on the progress of events, Errington 1970). It was said that Alexander had given him his signet-ring, symbolic of his wishes, which Perdikkas claimed to champion. The Macedonian army, in assembly to consider the future, offered Perdikkas the kingship, but he demurred.

1). Such texts have an immediacy that a historical narrative, often composed much later, does not have. It is not merely that they are contemporary but that in reading the text of an inscription we are faced with the participants and their concerns in a very direct way. Obscure cities come to life, both in their local preoccupations and occasionally, more alarmingly, as they are drawn into the conflicts of the powerful. The city of Teos on the coast of Asia Minor hnishes us with a good number of such documents.

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