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Overview

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 abibliography on the topics along with recommendations for further reading.

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"this volume offers essays that are mostly of excellent quality...Its coverage, quality, and the contrasts drawn by its authors will certainly help to articulate future directions and, more importantly, will do so in a way accessible to its intended audience." —Jennifer Gates-Foster, University of Texas: New England Classical Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521535700
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 898,017
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Bugh is associate professor of ancient and Byzantine history at Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. A recipient of fellowships from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, he recently served as Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies. He is the author of The Horsemen of Athens.

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Table of Contents

1 Alexander the Great and the creation of the Hellenistic Age 9
2 The Hellenistic kingdoms 28
3 The Polis and federalism 52
4 Hellenistic economies 73
5 The Hellenistic family 93
6 History and rhetoric 113
7 Material culture 136
8 Hellenistic art : two dozen innovations 158
9 Language and literature 186
10 Greek religion : continuity and change in the Hellenistic period 208
11 Philosophy for life 223
12 Science, medicine, and technology 241
13 Hellenistic military developments 265
14 Greeks and non-Greeks 295
15 Recent trends and new directions 315
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