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By Andrew Erskine

Masking the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the nice to the prestigious defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative better half explores the realm that Alexander created yet didn't stay to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays via top foreign scholars.
  • Essential analyzing for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
  • Draws at the very most recent research.
  • Covers a huge diversity of subject matters, spanning political, non secular, social, monetary and cultural history.

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Magnesia had launched a major diplomatic campaign to ensure recognition of its newly-established panhellenic festival of Artemis Leukophryene and these documents, collected from the cities and kings visited by their ambassadors, were the outcome. Here the aspirations of the city have become a physical presence within the city ( L M a p . 16-87; Rigsby 1996: 179-279). The bulk of Hellenistic inscriptions come from Greek cities and their sanctuaries, a striking testament to the vitality of civic life in this period and a useful rejoinder to those who see Alexander as marking the end of the polis.

This has had important consequences for the study of the Hellenistic world. Whereas Classical literature was valued and preserved, its post-Alexander counterpart has survived only very poorly. This neglect was to continue until the nineteenth century when Johann-Gustav Droysen virtually invented the Hellenistic period in a series of studies devoted to Alexander and his successors. For him Alexander’s conquests led to a hsion of Greek and Oriental culture that eventually gave Christianity the opportunity to flourish.

While much of the non-Greek population may remain silent, some still speak to us, notably the Babylonians, the Egyptians and the Jews. Texts in Aramaic, a semitic language written in alphabetic script, are quite widely dispersed, largely because of its role as one of the main languages of the now-defunct Persian administration. For instance, when the Mauryan king Asoka sought to spread the word of Buddha to the inhabitants of his Indian kingdom, the languages he chose for his north-western territories were Aramaic and Greek, as is attested in a bilingual inscription on a pillar from Kandahar in modern Afghanistan.

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