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 Hellenistic West : Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean

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Author - J. R. W. Prag
Publisher - no defined
Pages - 471
ISBN - 9781107781252


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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 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
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.

Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean : Private Order and Public Institutions

History

Author - Taco Terpstra
Publisher - Princeton University Press
Pages - 296
ISBN - 0691172080


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Detail - How ancient Mediterranean trade thrived through state institutions From around 700 BCE until the first centuries CE, the Mediterranean enjoyed steady economic growth through trade, reaching a level not to be regained until the early modern era. This process of growth coincided with a process of state formation, culminating in the largest state the ancient Mediterranean would ever know, the Roman Empire. Subsequent economic decline coincided with state disintegration. How are the two processes related? In Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean, Taco Terpstra investigates how the organizational structure of trade benefited from state institutions. Although enforcement typically depended on private actors, traders could utilize a public infrastructure, which included not only courts and legal frameworks but also socially cohesive ideologies. Terpstra details how business practices emerged that were based on private order, yet took advantage of public institutions. Focusing on the activity of both private and public economic actors—from Greek city councilors and Ptolemaic officials to long-distance traders and Roman magistrates and financiers—Terpstra illuminates the complex relationship between economic development and state structures in the ancient 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.

Coinage in the Roman Economy, 300 B.C. to A.D. 700 :

Antiques & Collectibles

Author - Kenneth W. Harl
Publisher - JHU Press
Pages - 533
ISBN - 9780801852916


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Detail - In Coinage in the Roman Economy, 300 B.C. to A.D. 700, noted classicist and numismatist Kenneth W. Harl brings together these two fields in the first comprehensive history of how Roman coins were minted and used.

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.

Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis : Fourth Century BC to Second Century AD

History

Author - Paraskevi Martzavou
Publisher - Oxford University Press
Pages - 370
ISBN - 0199652147


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Detail - Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis richly illustrates the multiple ways in which epigraphy enables historical analysis of the postclassical polis (city-state) across a world of geographically dispersed poleis. It looks at a variety of themes and aims to identify the postclassical polis both as a reality and as a constructed concept. The individual contributions show that the postclassical polis, both as a reality and as a representation,is the result of negotiations, ancient and modern; and how much of our understanding of the polis is built on patient, painstaking work on the inscriptions.

Migration, Mobility and Place in Ancient Italy :

History

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


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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


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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.

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.

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