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A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631225379
ISBN-10: 0631225374
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"This extremely appealing collection pulls off that hardest of tricks: it is simultaneously authoritative and exciting, its findings new as well as true. The Hellenistic age was an age of marvels and this impeccably edited work is itself a Hellenistic marvel. Scholars, students and interested non-professionals will devour it with pleasure and go away nourished, as I did." Professor Simon Hornblower, University College London <!--end-->

"Blackwell and Erskine have done a splendid job with the Hellenistic Companion and I’m extremely pleased to have a copy, both as a guide for my own contributions and for future reference. It is, I think, the best comprehensive book on the Hellenistic world available and a “must have” for everyone working in this field." Professor Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary

"I've found Erskine's Hellenistic World to be an excellent volume." Professor Michael Whitby, University of Warwick

"The Companion to the Hellenistic World is very impressive indeed both in its breadth and its depth, and sets an exhilaratingly high standard for the new series." Professor Justina Gregory, Smith College


"This Companion, which I recommend without reservation, is extremely well edited and referenced, with comprehensive lists of abbreviations of both ancient authors and reference works, and a good bibliography and index. The choice of cover illustration (a basalt Egyptian-style statue of Ptolemy I) is inspired, illustrating pictorially what the book conveys in erudite scholarship: a fusion of themes and cultures in a politically- and socially-diverse but unified world, which provided continuity for its distinct heritages whilst evolving an individuality of its own." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A Companion to the Hellenistic World provides a comprehensive and enlightening survey of the current state of Hellenistic scholarship and will be required reading for students and teachers for years to come." Stanley Burstein, Classical Review

"A Companion to the Hellenistic World is admirable and very enjoyable, and shows clearly how progress has been made in this subject in recent years. Andrew Erskine has brought together some of the very best historians now working on the period and they have produced as exciting a collection of essays as he could possibly have hoped for." Times Literary Supplement

"Massive and multifaceted like the Seleukid kingdom itself, the Companion is nevertheless a compelling read for the scholar, and an accessible reference for the student ... Clear, learned and a joy to read; it is warmly recommended to students, scholars looking for an authoritative general survey and an up-to-date and handy bibliography, and indeed to anyone wishing to broaden his or her horizons." Journal of Hellenic Studies

"Lucid and stimulating writing...a first-rate research-tool for the specialist and a rich mine for the thesis writer. It is also a "good read", and anyone who is interested in imperialism, propaganda, the mechanics of power and resistance, and the political manipulation of culture will be intrigued by the contemporary resonance of many of the issues discussed." Mouseion

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"This extremely appealing collection pulls off that hardest of tricks: it is simultaneously authoritative and exciting, its findings new as well as true. The Hellenistic age was an age of marvels and this impeccably edited work is itself a Hellenistic marvel. Scholars, students and interested non-professionals will devour it with pleasure and go away nourished, as I did." Professor Simon Hornblower, University College London <!--end-->

"Blackwell and Erskine have done a splendid job with the Hellenistic Companion and I’m extremely pleased to have a copy, both as a guide for my own contributions and for future reference. It is, I think, the best comprehensive book on the Hellenistic world available and a “must have” for everyone working in this field." Professor Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary

"I've found Erskine's Hellenistic World to be an excellent volume." Professor Michael Whitby, University of Warwick

"The Companion to the Hellenistic World is very impressive indeed both in its breadth and its depth, and sets an exhilaratingly high standard for the new series." Professor Justina Gregory, Smith College


"This Companion, which I recommend without reservation, is extremely well edited and referenced, with comprehensive lists of abbreviations of both ancient authors and reference works, and a good bibliography and index. The choice of cover illustration (a basalt Egyptian-style statue of Ptolemy I) is inspired, illustrating pictorially what the book conveys in erudite scholarship: a fusion of themes and cultures in a politically- and socially-diverse but unified world, which provided continuity for its distinct heritages whilst evolving an individuality of its own." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A Companion to the Hellenistic World provides a comprehensive and enlightening survey of the current state of Hellenistic scholarship and will be required reading for students and teachers for years to come." Stanley Burstein, Classical Review

"A Companion to the Hellenistic World is admirable and very enjoyable, and shows clearly how progress has been made in this subject in recent years. Andrew Erskine has brought together some of the very best historians now working on the period and they have produced as exciting a collection of essays as he could possibly have hoped for." Times Literary Supplement

"Massive and multifaceted like the Seleukid kingdom itself, the Companion is nevertheless a compelling read for the scholar, and an accessible reference for the student ... Clear, learned and a joy to read; it is warmly recommended to students, scholars looking for an authoritative general survey and an up-to-date and handy bibliography, and indeed to anyone wishing to broaden his or her horizons." Journal of Hellenic Studies

"Lucid and stimulating writing...a first-rate research-tool for the specialist and a rich mine for the thesis writer. It is also a "good read", and anyone who is interested in imperialism, propaganda, the mechanics of power and resistance, and the political manipulation of culture will be intrigued by the contemporary resonance of many of the issues discussed." Mouseion

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Product Details

  • Series: Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
  • Hardcover: 595 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631225374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631225379
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,829,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leif E. Trondsen on February 13, 2012
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The Hellenistic World is the historical period in Western Civilization commencing with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and ending with the suicide of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt in 30 BC. During these three critical centuries, Greek culture and language spread rapidly throughout the "barbarian" Near East. Nevertheless, native Oriental civilizations notably influenced Greek cultural ideas as well, especially in the realms of art, architecture, and religion. Thus, many classical scholars in the past regarded the Hellenistic World with contempt, viewing it as a "debased" and "barbarized" successor to the "pure" and "enlightened" civilization of Classical Greece. (In fact, the adjective "Hellenistic" means "Greek-like," hinting at the "imitation" quality of the noun it modifies!)

Fortunately, in recent decades, this state of affairs has changed dramatically. Historians now recognize the Hellenistic Age in its own right, regarding it as a highly dynamic and creative period, one which deeply influenced both Western Civilization and that of the Middle East. In its "Companion to the Hellenistic World," Blackwell Publishing has brought together an outstanding compilation of essays by some of the world's top Hellenistic scholars. These learned and informative essays are wide-ranging, covering historical and political developments, economic and social changes, as well as religious, artistic, and scientific innovations. A massive bibliography at the book's conclusion provides scholars and serious students of history with a literal "treasure-trove" of research material to last a lifetime! This book is, indeed, a necessary and much needed "companion" for anyone studying this remarkable epoch of human history.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lynn on August 9, 2013
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