A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell Companions by Andrew Erskine

By Andrew Erskine

Masking the interval from the dying of Alexander the nice to the prestigious defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative better half explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't reside to work out.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by way of major overseas scholars.
  • Essential analyzing for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic methods to the period.
  • Draws at the very most recent research.
  • Covers a vast diversity of themes, spanning political, non secular, social, monetary and cultural history.

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Jones 1971,Russell 1972), Strabo (K. Clarke 1999, J. Engels 1999, Dueck 2000). S. Swain 1996 offers a valuable survey of Greek writers of the early centuries AD with particular emphasis on their attitude to Rome. More literary texts are discussed in Hunter, this volume. Alexandrian science, literature and scholarship are treated exhaustively in Fraser 1972. The ‘fragments’ of lost writers are collected (without translation) and discussed in F. Jacoby, Die FraJmente der Jriechischen Historiker ( F G H , relevant Jacoby references are given in the text above).

Important studies of individual writers include Hornblower 1981 on Hieronymos, Momigliano 1977:37-66 on Timaios and Ptdech 1989 on Douris and Phylarchos. W a r 1983 and Pleket 1996 provide accessible introductions to the often confusing world of inscriptions; so too does the 1961 essay by Louis Robert, the French epigraphist who dominated the discipline for much of the twentieth century. Import- Approaching the Hellenistic World 15 ant collections include the Inscriptiones Graecae (IG),Dittenberger’s OGIS and SIG3, Moretti’s ISE and Welles’s study of royal letters (RC,with translations).

More important, two key figures were absent from these crucial events at Babylon: Antipater and Krateros. Antipater had been holding Macedon and thus Greece for Alexander ever since the latter had left for Asia in 334; he was still there, though Alexander had set about his removal (encouraging rumours that he had killed Alexander, no less: Bosworth 1971). For Krateros had been sent to replace him, though he was proceeding with no great urgency. While Perdikkas secured his pre-eminence in Babylon, Krateros was stiU in CiLicia, vaguely en route to Macedon, his awkward task now stiU more unattractive.

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