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Twilight of the Hellenistic World Hardcover – April 19, 2012
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The book is divided into eight chapters and presents five of the main land battles opposing Hellenistic powers and one significant naval battle (between Philip V of Macedon and the King of Pergamon allied to Rhodes) is described in the conclusion. The chapter on the Rise of Aratus draws mainly on an old and hard to find biography of this statesman by Walbank (Aratus of Sicyon, 1934). The pieces related to Antiochus III, the Seleucid king, rely a lot on Bar Kochva's unrivalled book of the Seleukid army, although the authors' reconstitution of the battle of Panion against the Ptolemies is significantly different. Grainger's works on The League of the Aitolians, the Syrian Wars and The Roman War of Antiochus the Great are also very of use for chapters 2 to 6 and chapter 8.
All in all, this book has numerous qualities:
- it clearly shows that, contrary to the propaganda of the Romans and their pro-Roman historians (starting with the Achean Polybios, which the authors always call "Polybius", using the latinized form of his name, and which they present as a bit of a "quisling"), the Hellenistic monarchies and states were not so "decadent".Read more ›
"Epigenes....seem to have completely flown off the handle at his rival. And any devious scheming was reported as definitely up his street." (page 72).
"A denouement, though certainly seemed in the air". (page 73).
"where people had not covered themselves in glory by opening their gates to Molon very easily indeed" (page 75).
He settled down to squeeze the locals till the pips squeaked" (page 75).
"the young monarch was aching to rule his own roost" (page 76),
"relations between the courts at Sartis and Antioch were not absolutely smooth as silk" (page 77).
"This invasion...was a step too far" (page 77).
"he was faced with difficult choices on which way to jump" (page 77).
"with Rhodians, Byzantines, Cyzicuns and Aeotolians greasing the diplomatic wheels..." (page 79.
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I bought this for my brother for christmas. He is a major classical history buff. He really enjoyed this book.Published on March 6, 2014 by Charles S
good info but it started reading like some reference book.no feeling just getting the info across.went down to the public library and dropped down its book return slot. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by joe rosello