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 :

History

Author - Jonathan R. W. Prag
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.

Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean : Private Order and Public Institutions

Business & Economics

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.

Migration, Mobility and Language Contact in and around the Ancient Mediterranean :

Foreign Language Study

Author - James Clackson
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 396
ISBN - 1108488447


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Detail - Uses epigraphic and linguistic evidence to track movements of people around the ancient Mediterranean.

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.

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.

Staying Roman : Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700

History

Author - Jonathan Conant
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Pages - 438
ISBN - 0521196973


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Detail - This is the first systematic study of the changing nature of Roman identity in post-Roman North Africa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ancient West & East :

Civilization, Ancient

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Publisher - no defined
Pages - 233
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