The Hellenistic Age: A Very Short Introduction
by Peter Thonemann
Editor: Oxford University Press
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The three centuries following Alexander’s conquests are perhaps the most exciting of all times in ancient history.It was an age of cultural globalization: in the third century BC, it was an era of cultural globalization.-cOnly one language you have spoken from the Rhone to the Indus valley.One of the lower Danube Celts can serve in the mercenary army of a Macedonian king’s decision in Egypt, and a Greek philosopher from Cyprus could compare the religions of Brahmins and Jews on the basis of first-hand knowledge of both.The kings of Sicily in Tajikistan had difficulty meeting the challenges of the decision of multi-ethnic states, and Greek city-states met under the first known federal governments in history.Scientists of the Ptolemaic Alexandria measured the circumference of the earth, while opening the Greek path Argonauts explored the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic coast of Africa.Drawing on inscriptions, papyrus, money, poetry, art and archaeology, in this Very Short Introduction by Peter Thonemann opens the history and culture of the vast Hellenistic world, the death of Alexander the Great (323 B. C.).-c) to the Roman conquest of the united Ptolemaic period (30 BC)-c)ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations of the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every field.These paperback books are the ideal way to get ahead of time in a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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