Hellenistic Greece Text

Aug 2012
45
The Desert Sands
I am looking for some advice on a good text (or texts) that covers Hellenistic Greek history. I am looking for a text that is comparable to N. G. L. Hammond's A History of Greece to 322 B.C. in style and content. I have a text by F. W. Walbank, which is too brief for me. Any suggestions is appreciated.
 
Aug 2014
951
United States of America
I recommend Peter Green's From Alexander To Actium. It is eminently readable but also scholarly.

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Aug 2012
45
The Desert Sands
I recommend Peter Green's From Alexander To Actium. It is eminently readable but also scholarly.
I truly am appreciative of your recommendation. The sheer size of this tome alone will provide ample insights and context for the Hellenistic era of Greece. Again, thank you!
 
Nov 2011
1,120
The Bluff
Green's book is a great start and I concur with the recommendation. It is a 'general' text yet covers the political, military, social, philosophical and artistic aspects of the period(s). Best of all, it is written in Green's inimitable prose peppered with bon mots and vignettes (always worth the cover price). Such a book - even given its size - can only ever treat each subject in somewhat broad terms. There will be parts where you will be left wanting for more detail. Here you need to delve into the more specialised tomes on the period which will treat Pyyrhos, Antiochos III, the Ptolemies, etc. These are becoming greater in number and if interested, I could recommend a few.

If - as many seem to here - you have a Roman bent, I'd thoroughly recommend Gruen's magisterial The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome. Happy reading. Once you start you will become addicted. The HEllenistic world has many parallels to the early and mid 20th century (to me anyway).
 
Feb 2016
680
Athens,Greece
Best hellenists can be found in Germany and the UK.
Take Droysen, Johann Gustav for example that leads the way in my opinion.
 
Aug 2014
951
United States of America
I truly am appreciative of your recommendation. The sheer size of this tome alone will provide ample insights and context for the Hellenistic era of Greece. Again, thank you!
You're quite welcome. I'd love to hear what you think of it once you read through it.
 
Aug 2012
45
The Desert Sands
Here you need to delve into the more specialised tomes on the period which will treat Pyyrhos, Antiochos III, the Ptolemies, etc. These are becoming greater in number and if interested, I could recommend a few.
Please recommend any and all books that you think are worthy of reading.

You're quite welcome. I'd love to hear what you think of it once you read through it.
I will let you know what my opinion is after completing the text. Thanks again!
 
Nov 2011
1,120
The Bluff
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Please recommend any and all books that you think are worthy of reading.
Now that would depend on where your interests lie! If we go chronologically and start in the early Hellenistic period (those fabulous fifty years that set the stage for all Hellenistic history then we'd be looking at the establishment of what became the Hellenistic Empires.

Brian Bosworth provides and "essay" style introduction to the period in The Legacy of Alexander (I have this in pdf). The Diadochi are covered in various specialist books: Antigonos the One Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic Sate (R Billows); Lysimachos: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship (K Lund also on Questia); Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians (Anson) are some examples.

Antiochos III, being somewhat belittled on another thread hereabouts, is treated by Ancient Warfare Magazine's Michael Taylor in [/FONT][FONT=&quot][FONT=&quot]Antiochus The Great. A rather more specialised study is by John Ma whose intersts lie in Hellenistic history. Collections of papers abound - an example being Ptolemy II Philadelphus and His World (the pdf of which I also have). Many exist on the era of the Diadochi as well. Christian Habicht produced a very readable study of Hellenistic Athens with Athens from Alexander to Antony.

[/FONT] There are also volumes of Ancient Warfare Magazine themed on the period: III.2; IV.6; V.6; VI.4; VIII.4; VIII.6; IX.5.[/FONT]
 

johnincornwall

Ad Honorem
Nov 2010
7,872
Cornwall
I recommend Peter Green's From Alexander To Actium. It is eminently readable but also scholarly.
A mercy indeed. How horrific are those books that are scholarly but unreadable? There are several on my bookshelves that defeated me half way through - now subconsciously marked 'reference only'!