By Andrew Erskine
Overlaying the interval from the dying of Alexander the nice to the distinguished 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 through major foreign scholars.
- Essential analyzing for classes on Hellenistic history.
- Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
- Draws at the very newest research.
- Covers a wide variety of themes, spanning political, non secular, social, financial and cultural history.
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These are largely the work of Byzantine excerptors, although numerous citations can also be found in Strabo, Athenaeus and Plutarch. Some idea of what is missing can be obtained from the Latin historian Livy, who used Polybios extensively as his source for events in the east in books 31±45 of his history of Rome, although his work too is incomplete, ending in 167 BC. Other historians from the Hellenistic period are for the most part only known through the work of their successors. Lost are the early writers on Alexander, such as FGrH Aristoboulos of Kassandreia ( Kleitarchos ( FGrH 139), Kallisthenes of Olynthos ( 137) and Ptolemy I of Egypt ( FGrH FGrH 124), 138); so too are the major third-century figures, Douris of Samos, Hieronymos of Kardia, Phylarchos, and Timaios of Tauromenion.
However, just as Alexander's spectacular father, Philip II, suffers in his great shadow, so the aftermath of the imperialist adventure may seem at first sight to have been very much an anti-climax. Alexander had left his world with no particular direction. Death had not been expected; in any case his supercharged romance had little time for responsibility. The world he left behind had been changed fundamentally, but what sort of `new world order' was to follow? In 323 BC no-one knew, except, as legend had it, Alexander himself, who predicted war with his dying breath (Diod.
FURTHER READING There are a number of surveys of the Hellenistic World, each with its own approach, Âaux 1978 (in French), Green 1990, Walbank 1992, Shipley 2000; Will notably Pre 1979±82 offers a thorough political history; Rostovtzeff 's History of the Hellenistic World The Social and Economic (1941) is a classic. For an overview of recent scholar- ship, see Cartledge 1997. Translations of source material, in particular inscriptions and papyri, are usefully collected in Austin 1981, Bagnall and Derow 2004, Sherk 1984, and Burstein 1985.
A companion to the Hellenistic world by Andrew Erskine