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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... leaders that had begun the struggle: the Ptolemies in Egypt, the Antigonids in Macedonia, and Seleukos' son, Antiochos I, who had been ruling in his father's absence asjoint monarch and now carried on the Seleukid tradition in Asia.
The rise ofthe Aitolian League and the Achaian League greatly cut into this, but Antigonos' goal was not so much domination as it was to use Greece as a buffer to keep out his Ptolemaic and Seleukid rivals.
This was not inconsiderable, but the problem was that the Ptolemaic and Seleukid resources were so vast. Nevertheless, Pella became a commercial center as well as the capital. The famous Macedonian mosaics at Pella came from the rich ...
Finally, all land was “king's land,” and Egypt could be and indeed was run as a state monopoly producing surpluses in grain and luxury goods. Ptolemy, and for that matter the Seleukids, had one problem that ...
... the kingdom and its geographic advantages meant that there was very little overhead necessary to maintain the government. The Seleukids had a far larger economy and income, but they 40 The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World.
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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
6 HIsToRY AND RHETORIC
7 MATERIAL CULTURE
Language and Literature
Philosophy for Life
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