Athens from Alexander to Antony

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From the heights of empire to the depths of Roman subjugation, Athens' fortunes seemed to be on a downward spiral after Alexander the Great's effective takeover in 323 BC. Yet even though foreign policy and foreign domination was effectively taken out of her hands, Greece's greatest polis never lost autonomy in internal affairs. Culturally, intellectually and socially, Athens retained a leading role throughout the Hellenistic period; in this book, Habicht documents both the struggles and the continuing vitality of one of the most important cities in Western civilization.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
Habicht has for years been established as...the leading authority on the history of Athens in the centuries between the fall of the Athenian Empire, in 404 B.C.E., and the establishment of the Roman Empire...The book now made available in English will surely be the standard work on the subject for the next thirty years.
— Jasper Griffin
Wall Street Journal
Christian Habicht is a German scholar of very high quality...His Athens from Alexander to Antony is a welcome new account of this turbulent period...It is a first-class piece of work, likely to remain authoritative for many years, and the reader who tackles it will be rewarded.
— Hugh Lloyd-Jones
Classical Review
Anglophone scholars will welcome this prompt translation of Habicht's excellent [Athens from Alexander to Antony]...The need for a new serious general history of Hellenistic Athens cannot be doubted, given that the last was W. S. Ferguson's Hellenistic Athens: An Historical Essay (London, 1911). Nor can it be doubted that Habicht, the distinguished epigraphist and veteran of many technical studies in this area, is the man for the job.
— Daniel Ogden
History [UK]
Christian Habicht has written a very readable general history of Hellenistic Athens...Habicht addresses the major difficulty in writing a historical narrative of this period: the scarcity of sources. He more than offsets the problem of fragmented literary texts with the insights that the surviving epigraphic evidence of decrees, lists, reports, and coinage adds to the picture of Athenian public life. With great skill in synthesizing this source material, Habicht builds his thesis that during the period from Macedonia's domination to Rome's subjugation, Athens remained a viable city with an active citizenry who participated in political, cultural, and international affairs.
— Randolph H. Lytton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674051119
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian Habicht is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Table of Contents


In the Shadow of Macedonian Expansion (338-323)

Political Leaders

Endangered Peace

The Age of Lycurgus

The Crisis

Under Foreign Rule (323-307)

The Hellenic War

Unsettled Postwar Years

Demetrius of Phalerum

Between Freedom and Dependency (307-287)

Democracy without Full Freedom


King Demetrius

Culture in Public Life


The Schools of the Philosophers

The Fine Arts

Prose: Historiography and the Characters of Theophrastus

The Independent City (287-262)

Policy amid Competing Forces

Life in the City

The Chremonidean War

Renewed Subjugation (262-229)

The Royal Governor

A Satellite of Macedonia

Official Religion and the Royal House

Hellenistic Athens as Seen by a Contemporary

Freedom and Neutrality (229-200)

Precarious Freedom

The 220s

Athens as a Neutral Power

Alliance with Rome (200-167)

Against Philip

Against Antiochus

Against Perseus

Times of Peace (before and after 167)

Contacts with Kings

Contacts with Independent States

Conditions at Home

Athenian Delos

The Cleruchy

The Limits of Athenian Sovereignty

Center of Trade

Roman Hegemony

Athens and Oropus

Rome Acquires a Foothold on the Balkan Peninsula

Athens and Delphi

The Close of the Second Century

Foreign Relations

Conditions at Home

Athens and Mithridates

The Break with Rome

War and Its Consequences

After the War

The Constitution

Ruling Circles

A Difficult New Beginning


Clodius' Plebiscite

Romans in Athens

In the Civil Wars


Abbreviations and Short Titles

Select Bibliography


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