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
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 233
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 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 Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean :

History

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


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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


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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 - 335
ISBN - 0691175276


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Detail - "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. [Quinn] makes the startling claim that the Phoenicians never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient world to today, this ... 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"--Dust jacket flap.

Rethinking the Mediterranean :

History

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


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

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

History

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


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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 Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions :

History

Author - Barbette Stanley Spaeth
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 364
ISBN - 0521113962


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Detail - Provides an introduction to the major religions of the ancient Mediterranean and explores current research regarding the similarities and differences among them.

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

Art

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


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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.

Age of Conquests : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian

History

Author - Angelos Chaniotis
Publisher - History of the Ancient World
Pages - 446
ISBN - 0674659643


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Detail - The world that Alexander remade in his lifetime was transformed once again by his death in 323 BCE. Over time, trade and intellectual achievement resumed, but Cleopatra's death in 30 BCE brought this Hellenistic moment to a close--or so the story goes. Angelos Chaniotis reveals a Hellenistic world that continued to Hadrian's death in 138 CE.

Human Mobility and Technological Transfer in the Prehistoric Mediterranean :

Social Science

Author - Evangelia Kiriatzi
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 233
ISBN - 1316798925


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Detail - The diverse forms of regional connectivity in the ancient world have recently become an important focus for those interested in the deep history of globalisation. This volume represents a significant contribution to this new trend as it engages thematically with a wide range of connectivities in the later prehistory of the Mediterranean, from the later Neolithic of northern Greece to the Levantine Iron Age, and with diverse forms of materiality, from pottery and metal to stone and glass. With theoretical overviews from leading thinkers in prehistoric mobilities, and commentaries from top specialists in neighbouring domains, the volume integrates detailed case studies within a comparative framework. The result is a thorough treatment of many of the key issues of regional interaction and technological diversity facing archaeologists working across diverse places and periods. As this book presents key case studies for human and technological mobility across the eastern Mediterranean in later prehistory, it will be of interest primarily to Mediterranean archaeologists, though also to historians and anthropologists.

The Parthenon Enigma : A Journey Into Legend

History

Author - Joan Breton Connelly
Publisher - Head of Zeus
Pages - 512
ISBN - 1781859426


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Detail - A radical new interpretation of the meaning and purposes of one of the world's most iconic buildings. For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture and its highest ideals. It was understood to honour the city-state's patron deity, Athena, and its sculptures to depict a civic celebration in the birthplace of democracy. But through a close reading of a lost play by Euripides, Joan Connelly has developed a theory that has sparked fierce controversy. Here she explains that our most basic sense of the Parthenon and the culture that built it may have been crucially mistaken. Re-creating the ancient structure, and using a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, she uncovers a monument glorifying human sacrifice set in a world of cult ritual quite alien to our understanding of the word 'Athenian'.

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