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Age of conquests : the Greek world from Alexander to Hadrian

Author: Angelos Chaniotis
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press editionView all editions and formats
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"The world that Alexander remade in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death in 323 BCE. His successors reorganized Persian lands to create a new empire stretching from the eastern Mediterranean as far as present-day Afghanistan, while in Greece and Macedonia a fragile balance of power repeatedly dissolved into war. Then, from the late third century BCE to the end of the first, Rome's military and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Angelos Chaniotis
ISBN: 9780674659643 0674659643 9780674982406 0674982401
OCLC Number: 1019610362
Notes: Published in the United Kingdom as: Age of conquests : the Greek world from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC-AD 138), London : Profile Books, LTD, 2018. -- Title page verso
Description: xxxii, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25cm
Contents: How it all began: from Macedonia to the oecumene (356-323 BC) --
The successors: adventurers and architects of kingdoms (323-275 BC) --
'Old' Greece in the short third century: struggles for survival, freedom and hegemony (279-217 BC) --
The Ptolemaic golden age (283-217 BC) --
Kings and kingdoms --
The city-state in a world of federations and empires --
Entanglement: the coming of Rome (221-188 BC) --
The Greek states become Roman provinces (188-129 BC) --
Decline and fall of the Hellenistic kingdoms in Asia and Egypt (188-80 BC) --
A battlefield of foreign ambitions (88-30 BC) --
A Roman east: local histories and their global context (30 BC-AD 138) --
Emperors, cities and provinces from Augustus to Hadrian (30 BC-AD 138) --
Socio-economic conditions: from Greek cities to an 'ecumenical' network --
Social and cultural trends: benefactors, confrères, ephebes, athletes, women and slaves --
From civic worship to megatheism: religions in a cosmopolitan world --
The Greeks and the oecumene.
Other Titles: Greek world from Alexander to Hadrian
Responsibility: Angelos Chaniotis.

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"The world that Alexander remade in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death in 323 BCE. His successors reorganized Persian lands to create a new empire stretching from the eastern Mediterranean as far as present-day Afghanistan, while in Greece and Macedonia a fragile balance of power repeatedly dissolved into war. Then, from the late third century BCE to the end of the first, Rome's military and diplomatic might successively dismantled these post-Alexandrian political structures, one by one. During the Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BCE), small polities struggled to retain the illusion of their identity and independence, in the face of violent antagonism among large states. With time, trade growth resumed and centers of intellectual and artistic achievement sprang up across a vast network, from Italy to Afghanistan and Russia to Ethiopia. But the death of Cleopatra in 30 BCE brought this Hellenistic moment to a close--or so the story goes. In the author's view, however, the Hellenistic world continued to Hadrian's death in 138 CE. Not only did Hellenistic social structures survive the coming of Rome, the author shows, but social, economic, and cultural trends that were set in motion between the deaths of Alexander and Cleopatra intensified during this extended period. This volume provides a compelling narrative of the main events that shaped ancient civilization during five crucial centuries. Many of these developments--globalization, the rise of megacities, technological progress, religious diversity, and rational governance--have parallels in our world today." -- Publisher's description

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