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By Andrew Erskine

Overlaying the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the nice to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative significant other explores the realm that Alexander created yet didn't dwell to work out.

  • Comprises 29 unique essays via prime overseas scholars.
  • Essential examining for classes on Hellenistic history.
  • Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
  • Draws at the very most up-to-date research.
  • Covers a large diversity of subject matters, spanning political, spiritual, social, monetary and cultural history.

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It is left, therefore, to Pompeius Trogus, as processed by Justin, to tell the narrative of the third century. Whether Justin was selecting the parts he liked, abridging Trogus, or doing both, is not clear; it is possible that Justin's text is as little as one tenth the length of Trogus' original text. Nevertheless, whatever Justin was doing, he has bequeathed a very unsatisfactory and often sketchy narrative to generations of frustrated historians, yet one that offers tantalizing sights of otherwise unknown events.

1 Babylon and Triparadeisos: from Perdikkas to Antipater Perdikkas was the first to achieve pre-eminence in the aftermath of Alexander's death. He had been the closest of his friends in 323, and he was on the spot, in Babylon, to David Braund 22 manage matters (on the progress of events, Errington 1970). It was said that Alexander had given him his signet-ring, symbolic of his wishes, which Perdikkas claimed to champion. The Macedonian army, in assembly to consider the future, offered Perdikkas the kingship, but he demurred.

Thus Berossos, a Babylonian priest, produced the Babyloniaka , a history of Babylon in three books, which now exists only in fragments; it is evident, even so, that it is shaped by the principles of Greek historiography ( FGrH 680; Burstein 1978; Kuhrt 1987). However much our evidence may show an accommodation between the native population and Greco-Macedonian intruders, there is one form of literature that suggests an underlying resentment. From a number of parts of this Hellenistic world there were prophetic writings, exercises in wishful thinking, that often foretold the overthrow and expulsion of foreign rulers, whether individuals or peoples.

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