Daily Life in the Hellenistic Age: From Alexander to Cleopatra

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Overview

The Hellenistic world, ushered into existance by Alexander the Great, took in a vast region, stretching from Iraq in the east to Sicily in the west. Within this area, society was multicultural but the dominant culture was Greek, developed from the culture of classical Greece, and carrying on the legacy of classical Greece in the visual arts, literature, science, technology, and daily life.

Narrative chapters guide the reader though the vast conquered lands of Hellenistic Greece, exploring marriage customs; festivals, sports, and spectacles; symposia (drinking parties); the agricultural and urban components of the polis (city-state); food; drink; education; science; technology; and the legacy of the Hellenistic age in the modern world.

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From the Publisher

"For high school and college students who must research daily life during the Hellenistic Age, this will be a very useful resource. Thus, it should be purchased by most high school, college, university, and larger public libraries. Since this period is also of great interest to students of Christianity and Judaism, it will also be a good acquisition for seminary libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313338120
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Allan Evans, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia, is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including The Power Game in Byzantium: Antonina and the Empress Theodora and Arts and Humanities through the Eras: Ancient Greece and Rome, 1200 b.c.e.–476 c.e.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Conquests of Alexander

Chronology: The March of History in the Hellenistic Age

1 The Landscape of the Hellenistic World: The Geographical Background 1

2 The Features of the Hellenistic City-State 11

3 Dwelling Houses 23

4 Clothing and Fashion 31

5 Education 35

6 Social Life 43

7 City and Country Living 51

8 Hellenistic Women 65

9 Making a Living 75

10 Eating and Drinking 91

11 Sport and Spectacle 105

12 The Theater 113

13 Hellenistic Kingdoms 125

14 Religion 145

15 Science, Technology, and Medicine 169

16 The Persistence of Hellenistic Culture 179

Appendix The Reigns of the Hellenistic Kings 183

Glossary 185

Bibliography 189

Index 195

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