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By Andrew Erskine

Protecting the interval from the demise of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative significant other explores the area that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to determine.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays by means of top overseas scholars.
  • Essential examining for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic methods to the period.
  • Draws at the very most up-to-date research.
  • Covers a extensive diversity of subject matters, spanning political, spiritual, social, financial and cultural history.

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They give two separate and varying accounts of the circumstances and consequences of the revolt of Judas Maccabaeus, the first written in Hebrew but translated into Greek, the second composed in Greek, probably abridged from a more substantial work by a certain Jason of Cyrene. Many of these Greek-speaking Jews would have lived in Egypt, primarily but not only in Alexandria. The city of Herakleopolis along the Nile valley, for example, has recently turned up an important collection of Jewish papyri in Approaching the Hellenistic World 13 Greek; the texts include petitions to the archon of the politeuma of the Jews, valuable evidence for Jewish social organization in Egypt (Cowey and Maresch 2001).

Approaching the Hellenistic World 9 4 Inscriptions In many cultures texts are written for public display; they may be epitaphs, dedications, or advertisements; they may be inscribed on stone or bronze, pasted on hoardings, or lit up in neon. Greek fondness for inscription is evident in the tens of thousands of inscribed texts that survive from the cities of the Hellenistic East, especially the cities of Asia Minor, but it is not the quantity that is distinctive so much as the character of the texts themselves.

We should not neglect the presence of non-Greeks in important administrative and military roles not far beneath the great Macedonians: occasional inscriptions in particular offer salutary examples of such figures in Asia and Egypt (Briant 1985; Billows 1990: 310-11; Sherwin-White and Kuhrt 1993: 121-5). 2 Antigonos the King Antipater returned from Triparadeisos to Macedon with ‘the kings’, as they could be grandly termed, that is the disabled Philip Arrhidaios (alias Philip 111)and Roxane’s son, Alexander IV,scarcely more than a toddler.

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