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Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC – AD 138)

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The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures.

The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment.

From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

Category:
Humanities
Cover:
Hardback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9781846682964
Pages:
480
Author:
Chaniotis Angelos
Publisher:
PROFILE BOOKS
Release Year:
2018

Angelos Chaniotis is a Professor at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Quondam Fellow at All Souls, Oxford University. The author of many books and articles, he is senior editor of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum and an editor of the Classical Studies journal Mnemosyne.

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