By Andrew Erskine
Protecting the interval from the demise of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative significant other explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to determine.
- Comprises 29 unique essays through top overseas scholars.
- Essential studying for classes on Hellenistic history.
- Combines narrative and thematic methods to the period.
- Draws at the very most modern research.
- Covers a vast diversity of subject matters, spanning political, non secular, social, financial and cultural history.
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New publi( ), the latter since 1888. For recent epigraphy of Asia Minor, see the invaluable account of Ma 2000a. The best guides to papyrology are Turner 1980, with an emphasis on literary papyri, and Bagnall 1995, directed at the historian. The best representative sample of Greek papyri (arranged by type of document and date, including a translation but almost no editorial help) is still the Loeb Select Papyri , vols. I and II, eds A. S. Hunt and C. C. Edgar (Cambridge, Mass. 1932±34). Rowlandson 1998 is a model collection of papyri in translation with useful introduction.
In Greece, Athens and the Aitolians in particular saw in Alexander's death the opportunity for revolt (Habicht 1997). This was the so-called Lamian War: Antipater was besieged in Lamia in Thessaly, until Leonnatos' intervention from Phrygia broke the opposition at the cost of his own life. Meanwhile Antipater, doubtless disgruntled through his absence from Babylon, had entered negotiations not only with Leonnatos but also with Ptolemy (who had tried to undermine Perdikkas at Babylon) and with Alexander's powerful mother, Olympias.
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. Such documents will often survive without context, but sometimes whole collections, linked together by an individual or a place, have been discovered.
A companion to the Hellenistic world by Andrew Erskine