Athens from Alexander to Antony

Athens from Alexander to Antony

by Christian Habicht
     
 

Christian Habicht narrates the history of Athens from its subjugation by the Macedonians in 338 to the battle of Actium in 31 B.C., when Octavian's defeat of Mark Anatomy paved the way for Roman dominion over the Hellenistic world. Habicht lucidly chronicles the democracy's setbacks and recoveries over these years as it formed and suffered the consequences of various… See more details below

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Christian Habicht narrates the history of Athens from its subjugation by the Macedonians in 338 to the battle of Actium in 31 B.C., when Octavian's defeat of Mark Anatomy paved the way for Roman dominion over the Hellenistic world. Habicht lucidly chronicles the democracy's setbacks and recoveries over these years as it formed and suffered the consequences of various alliances. He sketches its continuing leading role in intellectual life and the arts, as Menander and other Athenian playwrights saw their work produced throughout the Greek world, and the city's famous schools of philosophy, now including those of Zeno and Epicurus, remained a stellar attraction for students from around the Mediterranean.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674051126
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.06(d)

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