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The Greek World After Alexander 323-30 BC (Routledge History of the Ancient World)

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The Greek World After Alexander 323 30 BC examines social changes in the old and new cities of the Greek world and in the new post-Alexandrian kingdoms.

An appraisal of the momentous military and political changes after the era of Alexander, this book considers developments in literature, religion, philosophy, and science, and establishes how far they are presented as radic
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published February 3rd 2000 by Routledge (first published February 3rd 1999)
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Phil
Dec 27, 2016 Phil rated it really liked it
This is an excellent introduction to the Hellenistic Greek world, a period of Greek and Mediterranean history which is imperfectly known even by specialists, but, really is an essential component of understanding the history of the Roman Republic, at least. Dr. Shipley provides us with a survey of the history of this fascinating, if imperfectly documented period which covers not only political and military developments, but cultural ones as well, while maintaining a clear focus on the various so ...more
Rex Brampton
Aug 01, 2015 Rex Brampton rated it liked it
This is a text book after all so it's not going to be hugely entertaining. However it's a good introduction to ancient history, although I found the breadth of the subject so great that by necessity things needed to be covered at lightning pace. So there is a bewildering numbers of historical characters to keep track of. I definitely advise keeping notes.
Shipley covers this period thematically. So when you get to the end of the Ptolemies, he then goes back and covers the same time period of the
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Siria
Nov 11, 2008 Siria rated it really liked it
A really solid overview of the history of the Hellenistic Greek world—though it does presume a certain level of understanding which makes it perhaps more a good reference work for the interested student and less a general introduction for a layperson. It covers all things military, political, social and cultural, and in quite an even-handed manner.
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Sep 18, 2012 Liam rated it it was amazing
This stands as one of the best history books I have read, and I started reading seriously in 1979 at Penn State. It is well researched and uses translations of sources throughout and they amplify the history.

The sections on Religion and Philosophy, Literature and Social Identity were probably my favorite because of my own background and interest in these areas. I learned most from the sections on Ptolemaic Egypt and the one on the Seleukid Kingdom and Pergamon.

Shipley reminds us to suspend our m
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An introduction to the Hellenistic Period. For more in-depth detail, the researcher will still need to go to Peter Green's enormous Alexander to Actium (1990).
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