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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The worship ofthe ruler, which Alexander explicitly requested from the cities of Greece, was designed to inculcate a universal veneration for monarchy, and in an age where there was little deep—seated religious conviction, it provided a ...
... immense power of the ruler, not unlike the votes for Alexander in Athens and elsewhere. But there is no parallel to Alexander's self—conscious promotion of his own divinity, the 2O THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION To THE HELLENIsTIc WORLD.
This fragmentation contrasted totally with the situation at the end of Alexander's reign, when as ruler of Asia he received a plethora of embassies from almost all the western world and dictated his will to them ...
... to have been divorced (Amastris, the daughter of Darius's brother and wife of Krateros), fully consented to the arrangement, which transferred her to the bed ofDionysios, the ruler ofPontic Herakleia [Memnon, FGrH 434 F 1 (4.4)].
Nor was there ever any sign in Antigonid Macedonia ofthe “ruler cult” that emerged in the other Hellenistic kingdoms, despite the examples not only of Philip and Alexander, but Antigonos the One-Eyed and Demetrios Poliorketes.12 In ...
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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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