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 a bibliography on the topics along with recommendations for further reading.
About 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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Glenn R. Bugh; 1. Alexander the Great and the creation of the Hellenistic age A. B. Bosworth; 2. The Hellenistic Kingdoms Winthrop Lindsay Adams; 3. The Polis and Federalism Graham Shipley with Mogens H. Hansen; 4. Hellenistic economies John K. Davies; 5. The Hellenistic family Dorothy J. Thompson; 6. History and rhetoric Graham J. Oliver; 7. Material culture Susan I. Roftroff; 8. Hellenistic art: two dozen innovations Andrew Stewart; 9. Language and literature Nita Krevans and Alexander Sens; 10. Greek religion: continuity and change in the Hellenistic Period Jon D. Mikalson; 11. Philosophy for life Robert W. Sharples; 12. Science, medicine, and technology Paul T. Keyser and Georgia Irby-Massie; 13. Hellenistic military developments Glenn R. Bugh; 14. Greeks and non-Greeks Erich S. Gruen; 15. Recent trends and new directions Graham Shipley.