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This is an excellent introduction to the Hellenistic Greek world, a period of Greek and Mediterranean history which is imperfectly known even by specialists, but, really is an essential component of understanding the history of the Roman Republic, at least. Dr. Shipley provides us with a survey of the history of this fascinating, if imperfectly documented period which covers not only political and military developments, but cultural ones as well, while maintaining a clear focus on the various so...
A really solid overview of the history of the Hellenistic Greek world—though it does presume a certain level of understanding which makes it perhaps more a good reference work for the interested student and less a general introduction for a layperson. It covers all things military, political, social and cultural, and in quite an even-handed manner.
This stands as one of the best history books I have read, and I started reading seriously in 1979 at Penn State. It is well researched and uses translations of sources throughout and they amplify the history.The sections on Religion and Philosophy, Literature and Social Identity were probably my favorite because of my own background and interest in these areas. I learned most from the sections on Ptolemaic Egypt and the one on the Seleukid Kingdom and Pergamon.Shipley reminds us to suspend our m...
This is a text book after all so it's not going to be hugely entertaining. However it's a good introduction to ancient history, although I found the breadth of the subject so great that by necessity things needed to be covered at lightning pace. So there is a bewildering numbers of historical characters to keep track of. I definitely advise keeping notes.Shipley covers this period thematically. So when you get to the end of the Ptolemies, he then goes back and covers the same time period of the
An introduction to the Hellenistic Period. For more in-depth detail, the researcher will still need to go to Peter Green's enormous Alexander to Actium (1990).
Yeah! I along with many others regard Shipley as a veritable Rockstar as an ancient historian. Look this book was informative to the max, and served its purpose as a text pertaining to the ancients, it just could have been livened up a bit. Ultimately it was hard work because it was so damn banal. Yes it is a highly regarded text, but just spice it up a bit. The Hellenistic period is so interesting, and the narrative of this text read like something pertaining to the instruction manual of a wash...
A great overview to the centuries following Alexander.