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

By Andrew Erskine

Masking the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the nice to the distinguished 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 determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays via major overseas scholars.
  • Essential analyzing for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very most modern research.
  • Covers a huge diversity of themes, spanning political, spiritual, social, financial and cultural history.

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Nonetheless, in spite of the work of some great scholars the Hellenistic world has never received the same degree of attention as its Classical predecessor. The dominance of Classics as an academic discipline among the elite of more modern times has kept the ancient world alive but it has also tended to exclude those areas that have less to contribute to Classics as traditionally understood. It is therefore the periods that produce the literary canon that are most studied: Classical Greece (Herodotos, Thucydides, tragedy), Republican Rome (Cicero, Sallust), the Roman Empire (Horace, Vergd, Tacitus).

4). Pompeius Trogus, a Gaul who wrote a history in 44 books some years after Diodoros, showed a similar awareness, but for him it is with Augustus that the whole world becomes Roman (Just. 8). At this point universal history turns into Roman history. In books 18-20 Diodoros provides a valuable narrative of the turbulent years after the death of Alexander, years during which the king’s successors (known as the Diadochoi) battled with each other for power and territory. For his material Diodoros is usually believed to have drawn heavily on Hieronymos of Kardia, a belief which has helped to give his account greater authority.

For his part, Polyperchon attracted Eumenes, whose condemnation to death was overlooked. Antigonos had not long ago reached his own agreement with Eumenes, which had allowed Eumenes to escape the fastness of Nora in the northern Tauros, where Antigonos had been besieging him in 319/18. Antigonos too had overlooked Eumenes’ condemnation. Legalistic niceties were malleable, as the moment required, and in any case were open to dispute. Warfare was renewed: while Polyperchon fought in Greece, Eumenes resumed hostilities with Antigonos in Asia, claiming the support of the dead Alexander, who, he said, had appeared to him in a dream.

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