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The Hellenistic World

The Hellenistic World

Revised Edition

F. W. Walbank

ISBN 9780674387263

Publication date: 10/15/1993

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.

    —Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement


  • F. W. Walbank was Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Book Details

  • 288 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press