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The Hellenistic Period: Historical Sources in Translation

Roger S. Bagnall (Editor), Peter Derow (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0133-2
350 pages
October 2003, ©2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book presents in translation 175 of the most revealing documents that have survived on stone and papyrus from the Hellenistic period.

  • Presents over 150 sources in translation.
  • Captures the political, social, economic and religious dynamism of the Hellenistic kingdoms and cities.
  • Covers the entire Hellenistic world, with extensive coverage of the Ptolemaic kingdom.
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Preface to second edition.

Preface to first edition.

Table of Documents.

Note on Editorial Practice and Abbreviations.

Note on Reading Documents.

The Texts.

Part I: Political History.

Part II: The Foreign Possessions of the Ptolemies.

Part III: Life In Greek Cities.

Part IV: The Bureaucracy of Ptolemaic Egypt.

Part V: The Royal Economy of Egypt.

Part VI: The Military and Police of Ptolemaic Egypt.

Part VII: The Ptolemaic Legal and Judicial System.

Part VIII: Social Relations and Private Life.

Part IX: Religion.

Appendix: Ptolemaic Administration.

Tables and Charts.

I Ptolemaic Kings.

II Seleucid Kings to 96 BC.

III Antigonid Kings.

IV Attalid Rulers.

V Months.

VI Currency.

Glossary and Index of Greek Terms.

Concordance: Inscriptions.

Concordance: Papyri.

Index of Persons, Places and Subjects
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Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Classics and History at Columbia University. He has edited numerous papyri and ostraka and his previous publications include Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History (1995), The Demography of Roman Egypt (1994) and Egypt in Late Antiquity (1993).

Peter Derow is Hody Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Wadham College, Oxford and Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of Oxford. He has published on Hellenistic history and epigraphy and Roman republican history, and has a special interest in Polybius and dealings between Rome and the Greeks. He is co-editor with Robert Parker of Herodotus and his World: Essays from a Conference in Memory of George Forrest (2003).

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  • Presents over 150 sources in translation.

  • Captures the political, social, economic and religious dynamism of the Hellenistic kingdoms and cities.

  • Covers the entire Hellenistic world, with extensive coverage of the Ptolemaic kingdom.
See More
"For any reader, this book will provide an illuminating, reliable and accessible resource. Its clarity of style, meticulous attention to detial, and sensitivity to current bibliography provide a model that should be emulated by other scholars contemplating the creation of their own sourcebooks...it is quite simply difficult to find fault with this book." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This collection is a model of meticulous scholarship and excellent judgement. I read it with great pleasure and great respect." Dr John Ma, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

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