Creating a Hellenistic World [Hardback]

Andrew Erskine (Editor); Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Editor)

ISBN: 9781905125432 | Published by: Classical Press of Wales | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 380p, b/w illus.

Creating a Hellenistic World


Alexander's conquest of the Persian empire had far-reaching
impact, in space and time. Much of the territory that he seized
would remain under the control of Macedonian kings until the
arrival of the Romans. But Macedonian power also brought with it
Greeks and Greek culture. In this book, leading scholars in the
field explore the creation of this Hellenistic world, its
cultural, political and economic transformations, and how far
these were a consequence of Alexander's conquests. New kingdoms
were established, new cities such as Alexandria and Antioch were
founded, art and literature discovered fresh patrons. Egyptians
and Iranians had to come to terms with Graeco-Macedonian rulers
and settlers, while Greeks and Macedonians learned the ways of
more ancient cultures. The essays presented here offer an
exciting interdisciplinary approach to the study of this emerging
Hellenistic world, its newness but also its oldness, both real
and imagined.

Table of Contents

1. The First Hellenistic Man (Robin Lane Fox)
2. The Koine. A New Language for a New World (Stephen Colvin)
3. The Letter of Aristeas (Richard Hunter)
4. The Silver Shields, Eumenes, and Their Historian (Joseph Roisman)
5. From Satrapy to Hellenistic Kingdom: the case of Egypt (Alan B. Lloyd)
6. Frataraka Rule in Seleucid Persis: a New Appraisal (Josef Wiesehöfer)
7. Early Hellenistic Rhodes: the Struggle for Independence and the Dream of Hegemony (Hans-Ulrich Wiemer)
8. The Significance of Plataia for Greek Eleutheria in the Early Hellenistic Period (Shane Wallace)
9. Between Philosophy and the Court: the Life of Persaios of Kition (Andrew Erskine)
10. Being Royal and Female in the Early Hellenistic Period (Elizabeth Carney)
11. How to Marry a Courtesan in the Macedonian Courts (Daniel Ogden)
12. A Key to Berenike’s Lock? The Hathoric Model of Queenship in Early Ptolemaic Egypt (Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and Stephanie Winder)
13. Against leptotes: Rethinking Hellenistic Aesthetics (James I. Porter)
14. Style, Continuity and the Hellenistic Baroque (Peter Schultz)

Reviews & Quotes

"This volume is an excellent contribution to the Hellenistic field, and while the temporal focus is on the early period, scholars of the later and Roman periods will find much of importance and relevance in it. Creating a Hellenistic World presents a convincing and compelling case for viewing the Hellenistic period as one of multi-scalar and multi-directional change. There are some truly bright points of scholarship contained within, which promise to reconfigure their respective fields of artistic, philological and political history as well as the study of the Hellenistic as a whole.'"
Gillian Ramsey
Bryn Mawr Classical Review (October 2011)

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