By Andrew Erskine
Masking the interval from the loss of life of Alexander the good to the distinguished defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by the hands of Augustus, this authoritative significant other explores the realm that Alexander created yet didn't stay to determine.
- Comprises 29 unique essays via major overseas scholars.
- Essential studying for classes on Hellenistic history.
- Combines narrative and thematic ways to the period.
- Draws at the very most recent research.
- Covers a wide diversity of issues, spanning political, spiritual, social, monetary and cultural history.
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More often these citations are abridgements or re-wordings of what was written and may even have been reproduced from memory. Some abridgements can be substantial, notably the so-called AD Bibliotheca works now completely lost, such as ( ( , or `Library', of Photios, a ninth century scholar who wrote numerous summaries of books he had read. These included FGrH FGrH On the Red Sea by Agatharchides of Knidos 86) or the history of his home-town written by Memnon of Herakleia Pontike 434). The modern historian needs to be wary of placing too much faith in the evidence of such `fragments'; far from offering an authentic glimpse at a lost text, the process of selection, re-wording, and abridgement may have done much to distort the original work (cf.
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