The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World
This Companion volume offers fifteen original essays on the Hellenistic world and is intended to complement and supplement general histories of the period from Alexander the Great to Kleopatra VII of Egypt. Each chapter treats a different aspect of the Hellenistic world - religion, philosophy, family, economy, material culture, and military campaigns, among other topics. The essays address key questions about this period: To what extent were Alexander's conquests responsible for the creation of this new 'Hellenistic' age? What is the essence of this world and how does it differ from its Classical predecessor? What continuities and discontinuities can be identified? Collectively, the essays provide an in-depth view of a complex world. The volume also provides a bibliography on the topics along with recommendations for further reading.
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Ptolemy received Egypt, a world in itself, conveniently isolated from the central capitals of the empire. In contrast, Lysimachos and Leonnatos had the satrapies on either side of the Hellespont, where they would be in constant friction ...
Ptolemy suggested that the council itself should govern the empire, exercising royal authority without a king, and await the outcome of Roxane's pregnancy before making any other decision regarding the succession.
Ptolemy chose Egypt as his satrapy, one presumes after a good deal of thought, and so removed himself. Seleukos, the former commander ofthe Hypaspists, was promoted to command the Companion Cavalry; Kassandros (the son of Antipatros) ...
Further, Ptolemy entered the picture at this point by hijacking Alexander's funeral cortege on its way back to Macedonia, diverting it to Egypt. Two factions emerged at this point: Perdikkas and his party, which had control of the kings ...
Then, Demetrios, in command ofthe Antigonid fleet, defeated Ptolemy in a naval engagement off Cyprus in 306 (see also Chapter 13 in this volume). This was the occasion for Antigonos to have himself and Demetrios both formally proclaimed ...
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The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World is a detailed book that informs readers of the culture and many other interesting and important aspects of the Hellenistic period. Read full review
Strong, Cohesive detai, informative summary of Perkiddas and the Hellenistic Kings and gives good context and content surrounding politics and social circumstances, allows the reader to walk away well informed!
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The Hellenistic Family
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7 MATERIAL CULTURE
Language and Literature
Philosophy for Life
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