New PDF release: A companion to the Hellenistic world

By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 1405154411

ISBN-13: 9781405154413

ISBN-10: 1405165898

ISBN-13: 9781405165891

Protecting the interval from the demise of Alexander the nice 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 reside to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by way of prime overseas scholars.
  • Essential interpreting for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very most modern research.
  • Covers a large variety of issues, spanning political, spiritual, social, financial and cultural history.

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The Macedonian army, in assembly to consider the future, offered Perdikkas the kingship, but he demurred. Our key source here, Quintus Curtius Rufus of the first half of the first century AD, may well have inserted an echo of the posturings of early Roman emperors, especially Tiberius in AD 14 (Curt. 6; Badian 1962; Bosworth 1971: 128). His whole stance as the guardian of Alexander's interests required hesitation, for Alexander's widow was pregnant and might produce a son and heir. As Alexander's champion Perdikkas could hardly seize the throne from the king's son: much better to be regent, if there were to be a son.

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Only a selection of a city's public documents will ever have been inscribed and it is worth considering why some become civic monuments. If we look at the Teian texts discussed above, it is evident that their content is varied ± education, piracy and royal cult ± but in each case, directly or indirectly, someone is remembered and honoured by the act of inscription, Polythros, the contributors, the king. This is not to suggest that all inscription is honorific but in a culture in which the rich are expected to perform services for their city honour is highly prized and may consequently help to shape our image of a city.

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