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By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 0631225374

ISBN-13: 9780631225379

Overlaying the interval from the dying of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative spouse explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by way of top overseas scholars.
  • Essential analyzing for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
  • Draws at the very newest research.
  • Covers a wide variety of subject matters, spanning political, spiritual, social, financial and cultural history.

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Expense and distance from Egypt may have encouraged the use of alternative materials, for instance the fragments of pottery known as ostraka or wooden writing tablets such as those found at a rather later period at the Vindolanda fort on Hadrian’s Wall (Bowman 1994). Like inscriptions papyri have a sense of immediacy, but whereas inscriptions offer the public, monolithic face of the city, monumentalized in stone, papyri take us closer to the individual. The subject matter of the Egyptian papyri is varied: petitions, private letters, deeds of sale, wills, marriage contracts, tax records, assorted documents from the state administration.

10-13). As in Egypt, the temples may act as the custodians of indigenous tradition but their officials can also address a Greek-speaking audience, although by virtue of using Greek they are altering their voice. Thus Berossos, a Babylonian priest, produced the Babyloniaka, a history of Babylon in three books, which now exists only in fragments; it is evident, even so, that it is shaped by the principles of Greek historiography ( F G H 680; Burstein 1978; Kuhrt 1987). However much our evidence may show an accommodation between the native population and Greco-Macedonian intruders, there is one form of literature that suggests an underlying resentment.

2). Indeed, Perdikkas declared his hand by rejecting Nikaia and instead marrying Kleopatra, who was no less than the sister of Alexander and had been sent to Asia by Olympias. Meanwhile, Antigonos Monophthalmos fled to Antipater and Krateros: he had left the task of conquering Cappadocia to Perdikkas and could expect retribution. It has been plausibly suggested that he was less than happy with the outcome at Babylon (Billows 1990: 56-7). Ptolemy remained aligned with Antipater’s coalition, at a careful distance.

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