The Hellenistic West : Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean

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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, Josephine Crawley Quinn
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages -
ISBN - 1107782929


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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 Hellenistic West :

History

Author - Jonathan R. W. Prag, Josephine Crawley Quinn
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 516
ISBN - 1107032423


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Detail - Pathbreaking essays challenging the traditional focus on the eastern Mediterranean in the Hellenistic period and on Rome in the West.

The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World :

History

Author - Glenn R. Bugh
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages -
ISBN - 1139827111


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Detail - This Companion volume offers fifteen original essays on the Hellenistic world and is intended to complement and supplement general histories of the period from Alexander the Great to Kleopatra VII of Egypt. Each chapter treats a different aspect of the Hellenistic world - religion, philosophy, family, economy, material culture, and military campaigns, among other topics. The essays address key questions about this period: To what extent were Alexander's conquests responsible for the creation of this new 'Hellenistic' age? What is the essence of this world and how does it differ from its Classical predecessor? What continuities and discontinuities can be identified? Collectively, the essays provide an in-depth view of a complex world. The volume also provides a bibliography on the topics along with recommendations for further reading.

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


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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 Punic Mediterranean :

History

Author - Josephine Crawley Quinn, Nicholas C. Vella
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 404
ISBN - 110705527X


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

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


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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.

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