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Age of Conquests

The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian

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$39.00 • £33.95 • €35.95

ISBN 9780674659643

Publication Date: 02/05/2018


480 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

30 halftones, 13 maps

History of the Ancient World

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Reminds us that the principal political unit of the Hellenistic world remained the poleis—the self-governing ‘city-state,’ which endured under the Roman Empire as a mainstay of imperial rule… A valuable read for anyone interested in Greek, Hellenistic, or Roman history.The NYMAS [New York Military Affairs Symposium] Review

This is the most original history of the Hellenistic period to appear since the publication of F. E. Peters’s The Harvest of Hellenism in 1971. Like Peters, Chaniotis argues for a long Hellenistic period in which trends set in motion by the conquests of Alexander the Great extended far beyond the traditional end point of the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE, climaxing, in his view, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the second century CE. As the title indicates, the book focuses on political and military history… Particularly noteworthy are Chaniotis’s excellent analyses of women and slavery… Highly recommended.Choice

The oikoumene was the name the ancient Greeks gave to what they saw as the inhabited world. In Age of Conquests, Angelos Chaniotis tells the story of the Hellenistic oikoumene—its staggering cultural diversity, as well as the people, ideas, and events that unified it for centuries. Chaniotis boldly breaks with the traditional chronological divisions of ancient history and writes of the long Hellenistic era from the reign of Alexander to Hadrian. Anyone interested in the great cultural achievements of the ancient Greek world will profit greatly from this ambitious book by a leading historian.—Alain Bresson, author of The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States

A wide-ranging and lively history of the Greek East that offers a rare combination of erudition and accessibility.—Andrew Erskine, University of Edinburgh

Angelos Chaniotis conveys all the richness and excitement of an extraordinary era in human history in this new work. The period of Greek history after the death of Alexander is the story of the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms, of a new global Greek world stretching from Cyrenaica to Afghanistan, and of the struggle of the cities of the ‘old’ Greek world to maintain their position. But it is also a period of intense cultural and scientific creativity, in which rulers were widely worshiped as gods, and where for the first time our sources reveal details of the lives of everyday Greeks and foreigners. There is no one who knows the evidence for the long Hellenistic Age better than Angelos Chaniotis—and in Age of Conquests he brings this canvas to life.—Tom Harrison, University of St Andrews

The period that begins with the conquests of Alexander the Great and ends with the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian is one of the most important and tumultuous in world history. Jesus Christ, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Nero are only a few of the figures who lived during this era. Greeks and Greek-speakers played a crucial role during these years and bear witness to a number of astonishing phenomena—the emergence of Christianity, the consolidation of the Roman Empire, the founding of the library in Alexandria, and lasting developments in philosophy, literature, political thought, and technology. Angelos Chaniotis brings the Hellenistic age to life with remarkable learning, mastery of evidence, and sensitivity. His book offers a brilliant picture of the cosmopolitan Greek world and shows why it still matters to us today.—Phiroze Vasunia, author of The Gift of the Nile: Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander

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