By Andrew Erskine
Masking the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative spouse explores the realm that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to determine.
- Comprises 29 unique essays through best overseas scholars.
- Essential studying for classes on Hellenistic history.
- Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
- Draws at the very most modern research.
- Covers a extensive diversity of issues, spanning political, spiritual, social, fiscal and cultural history.
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W a r 1983 and Pleket 1996 provide accessible introductions to the often confusing world of inscriptions; so too does the 1961 essay by Louis Robert, the French epigraphist who dominated the discipline for much of the twentieth century. Import- Approaching the Hellenistic World 15 ant collections include the Inscriptiones Graecae (IG),Dittenberger’s OGIS and SIG3, Moretti’s ISE and Welles’s study of royal letters (RC,with translations). ly in SEG and Bulletin Epigraphique (BE), the latter incorporated in Revue des Etudesgrecque since 1888.
Their decrees honouring the Ptolemaic kings would be inscribed in hieroglyph, demotic and Greek, as for example the Kanopos decree and the famous Rosetta stone that played such a crucial role in the modern decipherment of hieroglyphic script (OGIS 56, 90; trans. Austin 222, 227). One priest, Manetho, even wrote a history of the Pharaohs in Greek, thus presenting the Egyptian past to the Greek present. This, unfortunately, survives only through later writers. Babylonia, too, had long, literate cultural traditions which continued through Persian and into Seleukid rule.
Can such local Egyptian evidence illuminate the Hellenistic world beyond Egypt? It is important to be aware of such methodological problems but not to be paralyzed by them. The careful and sensitive use of comparative material can do much to illuminate beyond the immediate context (Bagnall 1995). 6 Othervoices Alexander’s conquest of the Persian empire brought a large number of different cultures and peoples under Greco-Macedonian rule. The native voice, however, is not so readily heard as its Greek counterpart.
A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Andrew Erskine