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By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 1405165898

ISBN-13: 9781405165891

Protecting 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 by way of prime foreign scholars.
  • Essential interpreting for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very most up-to-date research.
  • Covers a large variety of subject matters, spanning political, non secular, social, monetary and cultural history.

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Shipley 2000). In short, everything was possible in 323, except a peaceful succession. 1 Babylon and Triparadeisos: from Perdikkas to Antipater Perdikkas was the first to achieve pre-eminence in the aftermath of Alexander's death. He had been the closest of his friends in 323, and he was on the spot, in Babylon, to David Braund 22 manage matters (on the progress of events, Errington 1970). It was said that Alexander had given him his signet-ring, symbolic of his wishes, which Perdikkas claimed to champion.

Only the first five books are intact, the remainder surviving in `fragments', albeit some quite substantial. These are largely the work of Byzantine excerptors, although numerous citations can also be found in Strabo, Athenaeus and Plutarch. Some idea of what is missing can be obtained from the Latin historian Livy, who used Polybios extensively as his source for events in the east in books 31±45 of his history of Rome, although his work too is incomplete, ending in 167 BC. Other historians from the Hellenistic period are for the most part only known through the work of their successors.

The following year he was among a thousand Achaians deported to Italy where he was compelled to remain until 150. He used this enforced leisure in Rome to begin his history, an ambitious work of high quality in forty books which took the whole Mediterranean as its subject. 3). 5). These 53 years ended with the fall of the Macedonian kingdom in 168/7, but he later decided to extend his history so that it covered not only Rome's acquisition of power (bks 3±29) but also the years that followed, up to 145/44 (bks 30±39).

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