The Hellenistic West : Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 14:11 | Archaeology | Comments Off on The Hellenistic West : Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean | 597 Views


Author : Jonathan R. W. Prag With Josephine Crawley Quinn
Publisher : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 10 : 1107032423
ISBN 13 : 9781107032422

Details : Although the principle amount has become progressively widespread in analysis and teaching in recent years, the western Mediterranean is never thought of a part of the ‘Hellenistic world’; instead the cities, peoples and kingdoms of the West square measure sometimes solely mentioned to that degree as they relate to Rome. This book contends that the rift between the ‘Greek East’ and also the ‘Roman West’ is additional a product of the normal separation of Roman and Greek history than a mirrored image of the Hellenistic-period Mediterranean, that was a powerfully interconnected cultural and economic zone, with the rising republic only 1 among several powers within the region, east and west. The contributors argue for a dynamic reading of the economy, politics and history of the central and western Mediterranean on the far side Rome, and in doing thus problematise the ideas of ‘East’, ‘West’ and ‘Hellenistic’ itself.

The Hellenistic West : Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean

History

Author - Jonathan R. W. Prag
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 233
ISBN - 1107782929


Download Read Now


Detail - Although the Hellenistic period has become increasingly popular in research and teaching in recent years, the western Mediterranean is rarely considered part of the 'Hellenistic world'; instead the cities, peoples and kingdoms of the West are usually only discussed insofar as they relate to Rome. This book contends that the rift between the 'Greek East' and the 'Roman West' is more a product of the traditional separation of Roman and Greek history than a reflection of the Hellenistic-period Mediterranean, which was a strongly interconnected cultural and economic zone, with the rising Roman republic just one among many powers in the region, east and west. The contributors argue for a dynamic reading of the economy, politics and history of the central and western Mediterranean beyond Rome, and in doing so problematise the concepts of 'East', 'West' and 'Hellenistic' itself.

The Art of Contact : Comparative Approaches to Greek and Phoenician Art

Art

Author - S. Rebecca Martin
Publisher - University of Pennsylvania Press
Pages - 320
ISBN - 0812249089


Download Read Now


Detail - The proem to Herodotus's history of the Greek-Persian wars relates the long-standing conflict between Europe and Asia from the points of view of the Greeks' chief antagonists, the Persians and Phoenicians. However humorous or fantastical these accounts may be, their stories, as voiced by a Greek, reveal a great deal about the perceived differences between Greeks and others. The conflict is framed in political, not absolute, terms correlative to historical events, not in terms of innate qualities of the participants. It is this perspective that informs the argument of The Art of Contact: Comparative Approaches to Greek and Phoenician Art. Becky Martin reconsiders works of art produced by, or thought to be produced by, Greeks and Phoenicians during the first millennium B.C., when they were in prolonged contact with one another. Although primordial narratives that emphasize an essential quality of Greek and Phoenician identities have been critiqued for decades, Martin contends that the study of ancient history has not yet effectively challenged the idea of the inevitability of the political and cultural triumph of Greece. She aims to show how the methods used to study ancient history shape perceptions of it and argues that art is especially positioned to revise conventional accountings of the history of Greek-Phoenician interaction. Examining Athenian and Tyrian coins, kouros statues and mosaics, as well as the familiar Alexander Sarcophagus and the sculpture known as the "Slipper Slapper," Martin questions what constituted "Greek" and "Phoenician" art and, by extension, Greek and Phoenician identity. Explicating the relationship between theory, method, and interpretation, The Art of Contact destabilizes categories such as orientalism and Hellenism and offers fresh perspectives on Greek and Phoenician art history.

The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean :

History

Author - Brian R. Doak
Publisher - Oxford Handbooks
Pages - 792
ISBN - 0190499346


Download Read Now


Detail - The Phoenicians created the Mediterranean world as we know it-yet they remain a shadowy and poorly understood group. The academic study of the Phoenicians has come to an important crossroads; the field has grown in sheer content, sophistication of analysis, and diversity of interpretation, and we now need a current overview of where the study of these ancient seafarers and craftsman stands and where it is going. Moreover, the field of Phoenician studies is particularly fragmented and scattered. While there is growing interest in all things Phoenician and Punic, the latest advances are mostly published in specialized journals and conference volumes in a plethora of languages. This Handbook is the first of its type to appear in over two decades, and the first ever to appear in English. In these chapters, written by a wide range of prominent and promising scholars from across Europe, North America, Australia, and the Mediterranean world, readers will find summary studies on key historical moments (such as the history of Carthage), areas of culture (organized around language, religion, and material culture), regional studies and areas of contact (spanning from the Levant and the Aegean to Iberia and North Africa), and the reception of the Phoenicians as an idea, entangled with the formation of other cultural identities, both ancient and modern.

The Punic Mediterranean :

History

Author - Josephine Crawley Quinn
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 404
ISBN - 110705527X


Download Read Now


Detail - A revisionist exploration of identities and interactions in the 'Punic World' of the western Mediterranean.

In Search of the Phoenicians :

History

Author - Josephine Quinn
Publisher - Princeton University Press
Pages - 360
ISBN - 0691175276


Download Read Now


Detail - Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist? The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the “Phoenicians” never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient world to today, this monumental book argues that the notion of these sailors as a coherent people with a shared identity, history, and culture is a product of modern nationalist ideologies—and a notion very much at odds with the ancient sources. Josephine Quinn shows how the belief in this historical mirage has blinded us to the compelling identities and communities these people really constructed for themselves in the ancient Mediterranean, based not on ethnicity or nationhood but on cities, family, colonial ties, and religious practices. She traces how the idea of “being Phoenician” first emerged in support of the imperial ambitions of Carthage and then Rome, and only crystallized as a component of modern national identities in contexts as far-flung as Ireland and Lebanon. In Search of the Phoenicians delves into the ancient literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic evidence for the construction of identities by and for the Phoenicians, ranging from the Levant to the Atlantic, and from the Bronze Age to late antiquity and beyond. A momentous scholarly achievement, this book also explores the prose, poetry, plays, painting, and polemic that have enshrined these fabled seafarers in nationalist histories from sixteenth-century England to twenty-first century Tunisia.

Rethinking the Mediterranean :

History

Author - Wendell V. Harris
Publisher - Oxford University Press on Demand
Pages - 414
ISBN - 9780199265459


Download Read Now


Detail - "This text examines the ancient and medieval history of the Mediterranean Sea and the lands around it"--Provided by publisher.

The Hellenistic Far East : Archaeology, Language, and Identity in Greek Central Asia

History

Author - Rachel Mairs
Publisher - Univ of California Press
Pages - 256
ISBN - 0520292464


Download Read Now


Detail - In the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s conquests in the late fourth century B.C., Greek garrisons and settlements were established across Central Asia, through Bactria (modern-day Afghanistan) and into India. Over the next three hundred years, these settlements evolved into multiethnic, multilingual communities as much Greek as they were indigenous. To explore the lives and identities of the inhabitants of the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms, Rachel Mairs marshals a variety of evidence, from archaeology, to coins, to documentary and historical texts. Looking particularly at the great city of Ai Khanoum, the only extensively excavated Hellenistic period urban site in Central Asia, Mairs explores how these ancient people lived, communicated, and understood themselves. Significant and original, The Hellenistic Far East will highlight Bactrian studies as an important part of our understanding of the ancient world.

Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy :

History

Author - Elena Isayev
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 502
ISBN - 1107130611


Download Read Now


Detail - Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy challenges prevailing conceptions of a natural tie to the land and a demographically settled world. It argues that much human mobility in the last millennium BC was ongoing and cyclical. In particular, outside the military context 'the foreigner in our midst' was not regarded as a problem. Boundaries of status rather than of geopolitics were those difficult to cross. The book discusses the stories of individuals and migrant groups, traders, refugees, expulsions, the founding and demolition of sites, and the political processes that could both encourage and discourage the transfer of people from one place to another. In so doing it highlights moments of change in the concepts of mobility and the definitions of those on the move. By providing the long view from history, it exposes how fleeting are the conventions that take shape here and now.

Egypt, Greece, and Rome : Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

Art

Author - Charles Freeman
Publisher - Oxford University Press
Pages - 759
ISBN - 0199651922


Download Read Now


Detail - Covering more than four thousand years of ancient history, from the early Egyptians to the dawn of Byzantium, an illustrated introduction to the Mediterranean's three major civilizations examines their links and traces their influence up to the present day. UP.

The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World :

History

Author - John Peter Oleson
Publisher - Oxford University Press
Pages - 865
ISBN - 0199734852


Download Read Now


Detail - Nearly every aspect of daily life in the Mediterranean world and Europe during the florescence of the Greek and Roman cultures is relevant to engineering and technology. This text highlights the accomplishments of the ancient societies, the research problems, and stimulates further progress in the history of ancient technology.

Egypt, Greece, and Rome : Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

History

Author - Charles Freeman
Publisher - Oxford University Press, USA
Pages - 714
ISBN - 0199263647


Download Read Now


Detail - Covering more than four thousand years of ancient history, from the early Egyptians to the dawn of Byzantium, an illustrated introduction to the Mediterranean's three major civilizations examines their links and traces their influence up to the present day. UP.

Ancient Macedonia :

Macedonia

Author - Carol King
Publisher - no defined
Pages - 324
ISBN - 9780415827287


Download Read Now


Detail - The first English-language monograph on ancient Macedonia in almost thirty years, Carol J. King's book aims to provide a detailed narrative account of the rise and fall of Macedonian power in the Balkan Peninsula and the Aegean region during the five-hundred-year period of the Macedonian monarchy from the seventh to the second century BCE. King draws largely on ancient literary sources for her account, citing both contemporary and later classical authors. Material evidence from the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics is also explored. Ancient Macedonia balances historical evidence with interpretations, those of the author as well as other historians, and encourages the reader to engage closely with the source material and the historical questions which that material often raises. This volume will be of great interest to both under- and post-graduate students, and those looking to understand the fundamentals of the period.

Leave a reply