Daily Life in the Hellenistic Age

Daily Life in the Hellenistic Age : From Alexander to Cleopatra

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The Hellenistic world, ushered into existance by Alexander the Great, took in a vast region, stretching from Iraq in the east to Sicily in the west. Within this area, society was multicultural but the dominant culture was Greek, developed from the culture of classical Greece, and carrying on the legacy of classical Greece in the visual arts, literature, science, technology, and daily life. Narrative chapters guide the reader though the vast conquered lands of Hellenistic Greece, exploring marriage customs; festivals, sports, and spectacles; symposia (drinking parties); the agricultural and urban components of the polis (city-state); food; drink; education; science; technology; and the legacy of the Hellenistic age in the modern world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162 x 238 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0313338124
  • 9780313338120

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"For high school and college students who must research daily life during the Hellenistic Age, this will be a very useful resource. Thus, it should be purchased by most high school, college, university, and larger public libraries. Since this period is also of great interest to students of Christianity and Judaism, it will also be a good acquisition for seminary libraries." - ARBAshow more

About James Allan Evans

JAMES ALLAN EVANS is Professor Emeritus of Classical near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has published several works on ancient Greece and Rome, including The Age of Justinian: The Circumstances of Imperial Power and The Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire (Greenwood 2005).show more

Table of contents

1.Chronology:. The March of History in the Hellenistic Age. Introduction: The Conquests of Alexander 1. The Landscape of the Hellenistic World. The Geographical Background. 2. The Features of the Hellenistic City-State. 3. Dwelling Houses. 4. Clothing and Fashion. 5. Education. 6. Social Life. 7. City and Country Living. 8. Hellenistic Women. 9. Making a Living. 10. Eating and Drinking. 11. Sport and Spectacle 12. The Theater. 13. The Hellenistic Kingdoms. 14. Religion. 15. Science, Technology, and Medicine. 16. The Persisteance of Hellenistic Culture Appendix I: The Reigns of the Hellenistic Kings Glossary of Terms Bibliographyshow more