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By Andrew Erskine

Masking the interval from the demise of Alexander the nice to the prestigious defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative spouse explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't reside to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by way of major overseas scholars.
  • Essential studying for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very most up-to-date research.
  • Covers a wide variety of themes, spanning political, spiritual, social, fiscal and cultural history.

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Babylonia, too, had long, literate cultural traditions which continued through Persian and into Seleukid rule. Again there is archaizing, evident in the use of Akkadian, a language no longer spoken; it was written in cuneiform script, usually formed by impressing the end of a reed into clay tablets. This language was the preserve of scholars, centred on temples, and finding expression in documents such as chronicles, astronomical diaries, legal texts, administrative documents and horoscopes. Such archaizing, far from being a sign of a moribund culture, is a sign of the strength and resilience of Babylonian tradition under a series of foreign rulers.

Moralia In , his , in which illustrious Greeks are paired with Roman counterparts; his prime concern here is with the moral character of his subjects. He treats a number of leading Hellenistic figures, though significantly none of the major monarchs; there are no lives of such as Seleukos I, Ptolemy I, or Antiochos III. Instead we read of those who evince the spirit of Classical Greece, men who try to stand up for the polis against the great powers, the Athenian Phokion, the Achaians Aratos and Philopoimen, the revolutionary kings of Sparta, Agis and Kleomenes.

To understand the Hellenistic world it is essential to grasp both. Greek communities and culture settled among non-Greek populations. It is the resulting cultural interaction that offers one of the more fascinating areas of study. Its extent and nature have been the subject of considerable debate: in which direction did influence go? Or did Greeks and non-Greeks remain largely separate? What did it mean anyway to be Greek? What was the relationship between immigrant and native, between town and country?

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