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By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 1405165898

ISBN-13: 9781405165891

Masking the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the nice to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative significant other explores the realm that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by means of prime overseas scholars.
  • Essential interpreting for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic techniques to the period.
  • Draws at the very newest research.
  • Covers a wide diversity of subject matters, spanning political, non secular, social, monetary and cultural history.

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From Babylon there is the Dynastic prophecy written in Akkadian; it is critical of Alexander and seems to date from the period of the successors (S. Sherwin-White 1987: 10±14). The apocalyptic Book of Daniel , written in Hebrew and Aramaic around the time of the Maccabaean revolt, culminates by dramatically prophesying the end of contemporary empires and the emergence of the kingdom of God. Out of Egypt come the Demotic Chronicle and the Oracle of the Potter ; the latter, a Greek translation from Andrew Erskine 14 the Egyptian, foretells the abandonment of Greek Alexandria and revival of the traditional capital of Memphis (A.

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.

For fragments of Poseidonios, see Edelstein and Kidd 1989 with Kidd 1988 (commentary) and 1999 (translation). What is left of lost Alexander historians is translated in Pearson 1960. Burstein 1989 translates and discusses Agatharchides. Important studies of individual writers include Hornblower  dech 1989 on 1981 on Hieronymos, Momigliano 1977: 37±66 on Timaios and Pe Douris and Phylarchos. Millar 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.

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