The Hellenistic period began with the considerable expansion of the Greek world through the Macedonian conquest of the Persian empire and ended with Rome becoming the predominant political force in that world. This new and enlarged edition of Michel Austin's seminal work provides a panoramic view of this world through the medium of ancient sources. It now comprises over three hundred texts from literary, epigraphic and papyrological sources which are presented in original translations and supported by introductory sections, detailed notes and references, chronological tables, maps, illustrations of coins, and a full analytical index. The first edition has won widespread admiration since its publication in 1981. Updated with reference to the most recent scholarship on the subject, this new edition will prove invaluable for the study of a period which has received increasing recognition.
Michel Austin is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. His previous publications include Economic and Social History of Ancient Greece. An Introduction. He is the author of numerous articles and was a contributor to the Cambridge Ancient History vol. VI (2nd edition).
Introduction; 1. The reign of Alexander (texts 1–25); 2. The age of the successors (texts 26–59); 3. Macedon and the Greek mainland to the Roman conquests (texts 60–100); 4. The Greek cities: social and economic conditions (texts 101–157); 5. The Seleucids and Asia (texts 158–223); 6. The Attalids of Pergamum (texts 224–253); 7. The Ptolemies and Egypt (texts 254–326).