A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell Companions by Andrew Erskine

By Andrew Erskine

Protecting the interval from the dying of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative better half explores the realm that Alexander created yet didn't reside to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by way of best foreign scholars.
  • Essential interpreting for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic methods to the period.
  • Draws at the very newest research.
  • Covers a huge variety of themes, spanning political, spiritual, social, fiscal and cultural history.

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They were invited, in their absence, to share power in Macedon and Greece. Key satrapies of Alexander’s empire were parcelled out to the others who mattered. Ptolemy got Egypt, Lysimachos Thrace, Leonnatos Hellespontine Phrygia, and Antigonos Monophthalmos Greater Phrygia. Cappadocia and Paphlagonia were to be conquered by Leonnatos and Antigonos and then handed to Eumenes of Kardia. Perdikkas himself was careful to have the army-assembly reject, on grounds of practicality, the grand schemes envisaged by Alexander, especially in the west.

Meanwhile, the claims of Herakles, the son of Iranian Barsine and said to be Alexander’s, were rejected fiercely: Alexander had not acknowledged his paternity. The importance of Alexander’s blood, where it could be proved, is confu-med by the emergence of his half-brother Philip Arrhidaios, who was acclaimed by the army as Perdikkas hesitated. Philip Arrhidaios, we are told, was mentally disabled: some blamed Olympias, in the fog of propaganda surrounding the succession-crisis (on which Bosworth 1971).

1 Map of the Hellenistic world ARABIA The Emergence of the Hellenistic Wodd, 323-281 21 would be able to emerge from the flurry of competitors to seize for himself the whole prize in all its scale and diversity. It was still less clear that any such success could be stabilized in the longer term: Alexander himself had not managed that before his death. For more than forty years, from 323 to 281, these issues were fought out across a huge expanse of territory, entailing Greece, Asia Minor, the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, Central Asia, Iran and India.

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