A History of the Hellenistic World

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A History of the Hellenistic World provides an engaging look at the Macedonian monarchies in the period following the reign of Alexander the Great, and examines their impact on the Greek world.* Offers a clearly organized narrative with particular emphasis on state and governmental structures* Makes extensive use of inscriptions in translation to illustrate the continuing vitality of the Greek city states prior to the Roman conquest* Emphasizes the specific Macedonian origins of all active participants in the creation of the Hellenistic world* Highlights the relationships between Greek city-states and Macedonian monarchies
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 20mm | 626g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0631233881
  • 9780631233886
  • 309,125

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A History of the Hellenistic World provides a new, authoritative account of the period following the reign of Alexander the Great. With clear narration and extensive documentation, the book explains the highly complex political history of the Hellenistic period.

The text thoroughly explores each region of the Hellenistic world, emphasizing the political metamorphosis of Greek society under the impact of Macedonian expansion. It highlights the evolving relationship between Greek city-states and the new monarchies, and traces the Macedonian roots of the creation of the Hellenistic world while examining the development of new non-Macedonian monarchies in Asia Minor.
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Table of contents

List of Maps ix Preface x List of Abbreviations xi Introduction 1 PART I THE MAKING OF THE HELLENISTIC WORLD 11 1 First Steps 13 I From Babylon to Triparadeisos 13 II Kassander and Polyperchon 21 III Antigonos 28 2 Consolidation 36 I Seleukos 36 II Lysimachos 39 III Ptolemy 40 IV Kassander and Europe 45 3 From Ipsos to Koroupedion 51 I After Ipsos 51 II Demetrios as King of the Macedonians 54 III Asia Minor 56 IV Towards War - Again 59 4 The Structure of Power 63 I The New Kings 63 II Land Distributions and City Foundations 68 III Regional Government 75 PART II THE HELLENISTIC WORLD IN ACTION 77 5 Europe after Koroupedion 79 I Keraunos and the Celtic Invasion 80 II The Rise of the Aitolian League and Delphi 82 III Pyrrhos and Antigonos Gonatas 85 IV Antigonos Gonatas and the Chremonidean War 87 V Aitolia and Achaia 90 VI The Leagues Expand 93 VII Antigonos Doson 96 VIII Retrospect 103 6 Asia 111 I The Structure of Empire 112 II Antiochos I "Soter" 114 III The Middle Years 119 IV Power and Government 126 7 Egypt 143 I Founding Ptolemaic Rule 143 II New and Old 147 III Alexandria and Ptolemais 151 IV Ruler Cult 154 V External Possessions 157 PART III THE CHALLENGE OF ROME 163 8 Clouds in the West 165 I Egypt 165 II Seleukid Asia 171 III Europe 181 9 Storm in the Balkans 191 I Intermezzo 192 II Romans in the Balkans 203 III Antiochos III 214 10 Symploke 221 I Asia 221 II Europe 237 PART IV ROME IN THE HELLENISTIC WORLD 247 11 Europe 249 I Macedonia 249 II Achaia 250 III Athens 253 12 Egypt and Asia 256 I The "Sixth Syrian War" 257 II Western Asia Minor 260 13 The End of the Seleukids 267 I Antiochos IV 268 II The Dynasty Collapses 272 III Terminal Cancer 275 14 Central and Eastern Anatolia 279 I Anatolia Becomes Hellenistic 280 II The "First Mithridatic War" 282 III Anatolia Becomes Roman 287 15 Egypt Becomes Roman 290 I Ptolemy VI "Philometor" 292 II Ptolemy VIII "Euergetes" II 295 III Woman Power 299 IV Kleopatra "Philopator" and the End of Ptolemaic Egypt 305 16 Epilogue 309 Select Bibliography 316 Royal Dynasties 320 Index 324
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Gerade als Einführung in diese für Studenten oft abschreckend komplexe Materie ist das Buch trefflich geeignet...Insgesamt muss der Band, der sich wohltuend von der in Mode geratenen, oft unterkomplexen Literatur für Studenten abhebt, als Einführung in den Gegenstand dringend empfohlen werden. (sehepunkte.de, 11.07.2009)
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"One thing long lacking in the English-speaking world has been the in-depth, full political narrative ... .This ... is what Errington's book provides. The author has a sharp eye for intrigue, a gift for interpreting recalcitrant inscriptions, and a clear, brisk prose style. His command of the sources and the by now vast scholarship is masterly. As a result, his text will be equally invaluable-a rare achievement-for students and fellow scholars. Highly recommended." ( Choice Reviews , December 2008) "The author, emeritus professor of ancient history at the University of Marburg, highlights the relationships between Greek city-states and Macedonian monarchies." ( Times Higher Education Supplement )
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About R. Malcolm Errington

R. Malcolm Errington is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Marburg, Germany. He holds degrees from the University of Durham and has published extensively on the Hellenistic period, especially on Roman expansion, and on Late Antiquity.
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