The Hellenistic Period: Historical Sources in Translation / Edition 1

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"Thousands of documents surviving on stone and papyrus help us to understand the complex society that took shape after the death of Alexander the Great. This book presents some of the most revealing of these documents in translation, allowing readers to form a direct impression of life in the Hellenistic world." The book contains 175 documents capturing the political, social, economic and religious dynamism of the Hellenistic kingdoms and cities. It covers the entire Hellenistic world and draws extensively on the papyrus remains of the Ptolemaic kingdom in Egypt, which allow an unequalled depth of insight into daily life at every level of society.
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"For any reader, this book will provide an illuminating, reliable and accessible resource. Its clarity of style, meticulous attention to detial, and sensitivity to current bibliography provide a model that should be emulated by other scholars contemplating the creation of their own is quite simply difficult to find fault with this book." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This collection is a model of meticulous scholarship and excellent judgement. I read it with great pleasure and great respect." Dr John Ma, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405101332
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Sourcebooks in Ancient History Series , #8
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Classics and History at Columbia University. He has edited numerous papyri and ostraka and his previous publications include Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History (1995), The Demography of Roman Egypt (1994) and Egypt in Late Antiquity (1993).

Peter Derow is Hody Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Wadham College, Oxford and Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of Oxford. He has published on Hellenistic history and epigraphy and Roman republican history, and has a special interest in Polybius and dealings between Rome and the Greeks. He is co-editor with Robert Parker of Herodotus and his World: Essays from a Conference in Memory of George Forrest (2003).

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Table of Contents

Table of Documents
List of Illustrations
Note on Editorial Practice
Note on Reading Documents
The Texts 1
I Political History 1
II The Foreign Possessions of the Ptolemies 111
III Life in Greek Cities 119
IV The Bureaucracy of Ptolemaic Egypt 144
V The Royal Economy of Egypt 163
VI The Military and Police of Ptolemaic Egypt 199
VII The Ptolemaic Legal and Judicial System 206
VIII Social Relations and Private Life 229
IX Religion 247
App Ptolemaic Administration 285
Tables and Charts 289
Glossary and Index of Greek Terms 293
Concordance: Papyri 301
Concordance: Inscriptions 305
Concordance between Editions 309
Index of Persons, Places and Subjects 311
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