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Hellenistic Civilization

ISBN: 978-0-470-75205-0
452 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Spanning the period from Alexander the Great's accession to the throne in 336 BC to the defeat by Octavian of Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC, this volume provides a vivid account of the innovative civilization of the Hellenistic world.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates.

List of Figures.

List of Maps.

Forword to the 1981 Edition.

Forword to the 2002 English translation.


1. Alexander: A Universal Monarchy.

2. The Diadochi: The Dream of Unity.

3. The Hellenistic Monarchies: Their Years of Glory.

4. The East Torn Apart, Then Conquered.

5. The Agony of the Hellenistic World.

6. The Survival of the City.

7. The Monarchical System.

8. The Hellenistic Lifestyle.

9. The Needs of the Soul.

10. The Life of the Spirit and the Flowering of Art.


Lexicon of Terms.

Chronological Tables.

Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading.


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Author Information

FranVois Chamoux is a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, an honorary member of the Hellenic Society, and an Emeritus Professor of Greek Literature and Civilization at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He was editor of the Revue des Etudes Grecques from 1977 to 1988, and has now directed for many years the edition and translation of Diodorus Siculus in the Collection des Universités de France. His other publications include Cyrene and the Dynasty of the Battiads (1953), The Delphic Charioteer (1955), The Civilization of Greece (1965), Mark Antony (1988), and Pausanias, Commentary to Book I (1992).

Michel Roussel was Professor of Classics in the University of Ottawa until his retirement in 1991. He is now an adjunct professor in that institution, the only bilingual university in Canada.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Spans the period from Alexander the Great's accession to the throne in 336 BC to the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by Octavian in 31 BC.

  • Provides a vivid narrative of political and military history, especially the wars between the great Hellenistic kingdoms.

  • Demonstrates the vitality of Greek culture in the period, examining political, religious and social developments.

  • Explores the interaction between Greek and non-Greek culture over the vast expanse of the Hellenistic world.

  • Illustrates how the Hellenistic world left its imprint on the way of life, thought and culture of its conquerors, the Romans.
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