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By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 0631225374

ISBN-13: 9780631225379

Masking the interval from the demise of Alexander the nice 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 means of prime overseas scholars.
  • Essential examining for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic methods to the period.
  • Draws at the very most recent research.
  • Covers a extensive diversity of themes, spanning political, spiritual, social, fiscal and cultural history.

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His coruscating campaign through Asia Minor and Iran to Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent forcibly carried Hellenic culture beyond the wildest imaginings of earlier Greek imperialists. At the climax of his success, at Babylon in 323 BC, he died, romantically young, ensuring the power of his legend in centuries to come, tinged and enhanced with human frailties. However, just as Alexander’s spectacular father, Philip 11,suffers in his great shadow, so the aftermath of the imperialist adventure may seem at first sight to have been very much an anti-climax.

Clarke 1999, J. Engels 1999, Dueck 2000). S. Swain 1996 offers a valuable survey of Greek writers of the early centuries AD with particular emphasis on their attitude to Rome. More literary texts are discussed in Hunter, this volume. Alexandrian science, literature and scholarship are treated exhaustively in Fraser 1972. The ‘fragments’ of lost writers are collected (without translation) and discussed in F. Jacoby, Die FraJmente der Jriechischen Historiker ( F G H , relevant Jacoby references are given in the text above).

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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