The Cambridge Ancient History

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F. W. Walbank, Frank William Walbank, A. E. Astin
Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 1984 - History - 655 pages
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Published in 1928, Volume VII of the Cambridge Ancient History orginally covered both the history of the Hellenistic world from the battle of Ipsus in 301 BC down to the Peace of Naupactus and the battle of Raphia in 217 BC and the history of Rome from its foundation down to the same date. In the new edition the Greek and Roman sections have been assigned to two separate volumes. Of these, VII part I opens after the death of Alexander, in 323 BC, as being a more logical starting-point for Hellenistic history; but 217 has been retained as the terminal date since, as Polybius noted, it is from then onwards that Rome begins to play a substantial role in Greek affairs. The volume has been completely rewritten by specialists from Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Canada, and takes full account of the vast amount of new material that has become available in the last fifty years. Separate chapters deal with the main kingdoms - Ptolemaic Egypt, Seleucid Asia and Macedonia - and with mainland Greece, Sicily and the smaller states including Pergamum. Political events are fully described and assessed, but there is less emphasis on military detail than in the first edition. The space thus saved has been given over to chapters on the historical sources, on the institution of monarchy and the ideology surrounding it, on the main cultural, social and economic aspects of the Hellenistic world and on the development of Hellenistic science, especially in relation to its application in peace and war. This up-to-date and authoritative account of the early Hellenistic world is designed to serve both the student and the general reader of this and subsequent generations as the first edition has served those of the last fifty years.
  

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Contents

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1
The eastern Mediterranean c 275 B C
2
Hellenistic Asia
4
The Greek mainland and the Aegean
5
South Italy Sicily and North Africa
6
The SyrianEgyptian Wars
7
The succession to Alexander
23
The succession to Alexander edouard w1ll
62
b War and siegecraft
353
Plan of the fort of Euryalus
360
Agriculture dorothy j Thompson
363
yd Building and townplanning
371
Restoration of Philos arsenal Piraeus
374
Restoration of the Hieron Samothrace
376
Restoration of the Bouleuterion Miletus
378
Restoration of the interior of the Bouleuterion Miletus
379

v11 Rulercult
87
Dynastic cult
96
The formation of the Hellenistic kingdoms edouard w1ll
101
Ptolemaic Egypt e g turner
118
Syria and the East domen1co must1
175
Relations with Iran Retreat from further Asia Growth
210
v111 Conclusion
216
Macedonia and Greece f w walbank
221
Aratus of Sicyon and the Achaean League
243
Cultural social and economic features of the Hellenistic world
257
Mainland Greece
260
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276
1201
280
1767
306
2223 386
318
its application in peace and
321
Eccentric motion
342
The simplest case of the equivalence of eccentric and epicyclic motions
343
Heros dioptra
344
The armillary astrolabe
345
Agathocles
384
Developments in Sicily between 31615 and 310
390
1v Events in Sicily 310304
400
v1 General assessment
409
Agathocles k m e 1 s t e
412
Macedonia and the Greek leagues F w walbank
446
Hellenistic dynasties
482
Chronological table 323217 B C
493
BIBLIOGRAPHY
513
A General
519
The Diadochi and the establishment of the kingdoms
535
E The Seleucid kingdom Asia Minor the Middle East the Far East
545
F Egypt
554
H Social cultural and economic features
577
Monarchy
587
Index
603
PRINTED IN GREaT BRITaIN
643
Sources for the period F w walbank
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F. W. Walbank was Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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