The vast empire that Alexander the Great left at his death in 323 BC has few parallels. For the next three hundred years the Greeks controlled a complex of monarchies and city-states that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to India. F. W. Walbank’s lucid and authoritative history of that Hellenistic world examines political events, describes the different social systems and mores of the people under Greek rule, traces important developments in literature and science, and discusses the new religious movements.
Walbank’s erudition is predictably wide as well as deep, his mastery of the essential documents assured… He is also commendably up-to-date on many vexed questions of interpretation… Walbank is clear and perceptive.
Anyone with an interest in classical civilization would enjoy this… It is the best book [on the subject] available in English.
Walbank’s Hellenistic World beautifully recalls for contemporary readers the general and special achievements and features of one of the most remarkable periods in world history.
A concise but comprehensive and authoritative book in English on the Hellenistic world, the world set in motion by Alexander the Great, is indeed most welcome. Walbank was unquestionably well equipped to undertake such a project, and his contribution has been well appreciated.
Together these five compact volumes [Early Greece by Oswyn Murray, Democracy and Classical Greece by J. K. Davies, The Hellenistic World by F. W. Walbank, The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford, and The Roman Empire by Colin Wells, in addition to the newly published The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron] cover much of the history of the classical world, and do so with both ease and authority… For this new series they have been revised or otherwise brought up to date.
- 288 pages
- 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
- Harvard University Press
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