Hellenistic History and Culture

Hellenistic History and Culture

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In a 1988 conference, American and British scholars unexpectedly discovered that their ideas were converging in ways that formed a new picture of the variegated Hellenistic mosaic. That picture emerges in these essays and eloquently displays the breadth of modern interest in the Hellenistic Age. A distrust of all ideologies has altered old views of ancient political structures, and feminism has also changed earlier assessments. The current emphasis on multiculturalism has consciously deemphasized the Western, Greco-Roman tradition, and Nubians, Bactrians, and other subject peoples of the time are receiving attention in their own right, not just as recipients of Greco-Roman culture. History, like Herakleitos' river, never stands still. These essays share a collective sense of discovery and a sparking of new ideas--they are a welcome beginning to the reexploration of a fascinatingly complex age.

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  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 36 b&w illustrations, 5 line drawings, 5 maps
  • 0520203259
  • 9780520203259
  • 1,219,502

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Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin. Novelist and scholar, his recent books include Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C. (California, 1991), Alexander to Actium (California, 1990), and The Laughter of Aphrodite (California, 1993).

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"The papers are without exception highly accomplished and beautifully written. . . . I cannot think of any collection of essays I have read through with such pleasure."--Seth Schwartz, "Times Literary Supplement

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