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The Hellenistic Age: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Thonemann

February 2018

ISBN: 9780198746041

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £7.99

The three centuries following the conquests of Alexander were perhaps the most thrilling of all periods of ancient history. Culture, ideas, and individuals travelled freely over vast areas from the Rhone to the Indus, whilst dynasts battled for dominion over Alexander's great empire. Thonemann presents a brief history of this globalized world.

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The three centuries following the conquests of Alexander were perhaps the most thrilling of all periods of ancient history. Culture, ideas, and individuals travelled freely over vast areas from the Rhone to the Indus, whilst dynasts battled for dominion over Alexander's great empire. Thonemann presents a brief history of this globalized world.

  • First published in hardback as The Hellenistic Age
  • Covers all aspects of the Hellenistic world, including its history, culture, architecture, literature, science, and art
  • Deftly navigates the power struggles and wars in the three centuries which followed the conquests of Alexander
  • Uses a range of sources such as inscriptions, coins, literature, and art to draw a complete picture of the Hellenistic world
  • Offers both a broad historical sweep of the period and also narrative close-ups of individual cities and kings
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Peter Thonemann, Associate Professor in Ancient History, University of Oxford

Peter Thonemann teaches Greek and Roman history at Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author of The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium (2011), the winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League's prestigious Runciman Prize 2012, and co-author (with Simon Price) of The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine (2010). His most recent book is an introduction to Hellenistic coinage, The Hellenistic World: Using Coins as Sources (2015). He writes regularly on all aspects of Greek and Roman history and culture for the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1: The idea of the Hellenistic
    2: From Alexander to Augustus
    3: Demetrius the Besieger and Hellenistic kingship
    4: Eratosthenes and the system of the world
    5: Encounters
    6: Priene
    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Review from previous edition Those looking to find a concise and stimulating introduction to the Hellenistic world need look no further than this excellent pocket-sized volume." - Mark Thorne, The Classical Journal

"A beautiful little jewel" - Greece & Rome

"Peter Thonemann's short, straightforward, but sharply written introductory volume, The Hellenistic Age, exemplifies a different trend, a miniature encapsulation of a complex world." - Carol Atack, Times Literary Supplement

"In displaying his enthusiasm for the diversity of the Hellenistic world and the achievements funded by its monarchies, Thonemann rightly underlines the brutality of conflicts that spread far beyond the Mediterranean." - Carol Atack, Times Literary Supplement

"Pocket-sized, highly engaging and packed full of varied and fascinating information the perfect introduction to an enthralling era." - Lucia Marchini, Minerva

"Peter Thonemann's introduction to arguably one of the most fascinating of all epochs of human history may be very short but it is also very brilliant: wide-ranging, sharply focused, and deeply illuminating." - Paul Cartledge

"most usefully, in a work that aims to inspire further investigation among sixth formers, undergraduates and interested general readers, there is an eclectic range of books and articles cited as further reading for each chapter. In a small compass Thonemann successfully evokes the great variety and complexity of Hellenistic civilisation" - Claire Gruzelier, Classics for All