Download e-book for kindle: A companion to the Hellenistic world by Andrew Erskine

By Andrew Erskine

Protecting the interval from the demise of Alexander the good 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 dwell to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by way of best overseas scholars.
  • Essential interpreting for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very most up-to-date research.
  • Covers a vast variety of themes, spanning political, spiritual, social, monetary and cultural history.

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Out of Egypt come the Demotic Chronicle and the Oracle of the Potter ; the latter, a Greek translation from Andrew Erskine 14 the Egyptian, foretells the abandonment of Greek Alexandria and revival of the traditional capital of Memphis (A. B. Lloyd 1982; Koenen 1968; Burstein 106). Just as the non-Greek population and their priests could express themselves in the language of the rulers, so the Greek kings could adopt a native voice. An inscribed foundation cylinder from a temple in Babylonian Borsippa allows Antiochos I to speak in Akkadian and importantly in the manner of a native king (Kuhrt and Sherwin-White 1991).

95±101; Austin 95) Inscribed stones were both symbols of civic life and part of the physical make-up of the city. This is vividly demonstrated by the agora of Magnesia-on-the-Maeander. Inscribed on the south and west walls of the city's central public space was an impressive collection of over sixty decrees and royal letters from around the Greek world. 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.

Throughout, Macedonians dominated the struggle; only the Greek Eumenes was a significant exception. By contrast, Iranians played no part in the forefront of these power-politics; even the Iranian wives assigned by Alexander had in part been set aside. However, that tendency can be exaggerated (S. Sherwin-White 1987: 6±7; certainly Seleukos kept his, Apame). We should not neglect the presence of non-Greeks in important administrative and military roles not far beneath the great Macedonians: occasional inscriptions in particular offer salutary examples of such figures in Asia and Egypt (Briant 1985; Billows 1990: 310±11; Sherwin-White and Kuhrt 1993: 121±5).

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