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Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest A Selection of Ancient Sources in Translation

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ISBN-10: 0521828600

ISBN-13: 9780521828604

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: M. M. Austin

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The Hellenistic period began with the considerable expansion of the Greek world through the Macedonian conquest of the Persian empire and ended with Rome becoming the predominant political force in that world. This new and enlarged edition of Michel Austin's seminal work provides a panoramic view of this world through the medium of ancient sources. It now comprises over three hundred texts from literary, epigraphic and papyrological sources which are presented in original translations and supported by introductory sections, detailed notes and references, chronological tables, maps, illustrations of coins, and a full analytical index. The first edition has won widespread admiration since its…    
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List price: $153.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/6/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 656
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of maps
Preface to the second edition
List of abbreviations
The Reign of Alexander (texts 1-25)
The Parian Marble (264/3): Alexander's reign and the age of the Successors to 301
The origins of Alexander's war on the Persians
The beginning of Alexander's reign and the sack of Thebes (336/5)
The start of the expedition to Asia (spring 334)
Alexander in Asia Minor, administration and politics (334)
Letter of Alexander to Chios (332?)
Alexander's manifesto to Darius after Issus (332)
The foundatipn of Alexandria (332/1)
Alexander's visit to the oracle of Ammon (332/1)
The destruction of Persepolis and its palace (May 330)
The triumph of the Macedonians: a contemporary Athenian view (summer 330)
Alexander's attempt to introduce obeisance ('proskynesis') at his court
The mutiny at the Hyphasis (326)
'Maladministration' in Alexander's empire
Cleomenes of Naucratis
The marriages at Susa and Alexander's generosities (324)
The mutiny at Opis and the feast of reconciliation (324)
Alexander's decree on the return of Greek exiles (324)
Arrian on Alexander's ultimate aims
Alexander's 'last plans'
Alexander the bringer of Greek civilisation to Asia?
Alexander and the pirate captain
A Jewish view of the Macedonian conquest
The end of Persia and the rise of Macedon: a contemporary view
The Age of the Successors (texts 26-59)
The arrangements at Babylon after the death of Alexander (June 323)
The revolt of the Greeks in Bactria (323)
The Lamian War of 323/2: Athens under Macedonian domination
Ptolemy I and Cyrene (322/1)
The settlement at Triparadisus (summer 321)
The death of Antipater and its consequences (autumn 319)
Athens honours Euphron of Sicyon (318/17)
Agathocles, ruler of Sicily (316-289)
The armies of Eumenes and Antigonus at the battle of Paraetacene (autumn 317)
Antigonus denounces Cassander and proclaims the 'freedom of the Greeks' (315)
Seleucus returns to Babylon (312)
The peace of 311 and the end of the Argead dynasty
Letter of Antigonus to Scepsis in the Troad (311)
Scepsis decrees religious honours to Antigonus on receipt of his letter (311)
Treaty between Eupolemus and Theangela on its capitulation (c.310?)
The expedition of Ophellas to Carthage (309)
Demetrius and the liberation of Athens (307)
The 'ithyphallic hymn' in honour of Demetrius (291)
The Successors assume the royal title (306-304)
The ideology of Hellenistic monarchy
The doctrines of Euhemerus of Messene on the gods and royalty
Demetrius and the siege of Rhodes (305/4)
Two letters of Antigonus to Teos concerning the projected synoecism with Lebedus (c.303)
Demetrius and the refounding of Sicyon (302)
The Hellenic league of 302
Decree of Miletus in honour of Apama (299/8)
Demetrius and the Macedonians
Letter of Lysimachus to Samos concerning a boundary dispute with Priene (283/2)
Decree of Athens in honour of the poet Philippides (283/2)
Decree of Athens in honour of Callias of Sphettus (270/69)
The career of Lysimachus
Seleucus and the foundation of the Seleucid empire
The foundations of Seleucus I
Pyrrhus, king of Epirus
Macedon and the Greek mainland to the Roman conquest (texts 60-100)
Thanksgiving of Cos for the repulse of the Celtic invaders and the saving of Delphi (April-July 278)
Decree of Chremonides on the alliance between Athens and Sparta (between 268 and 265)
Decree of the Attic deme of Rhamnus in honour of the general Epichares for services during the Chremonidean War
Decree of the League (koinon) of Greeks at Plataea in honour of Glaucon son of Eteocles, of Athens (between 261 and 246)
Decree of Chios in honour of the Aetolians (247/6?)
Decree of Philippi recognising the asylia of Cos (242)
Letter of Ziaelas king of the Bithynians recognising the asylia of Cos (242)
The rise of the Achaean League
Decree of the Achaean League on the admission of (Arcadian) Orchomenus to the Achaean League (c.234)
Agis IV of Sparta (c.263-241)
Cleomenes III of Sparta (c.260-219)
Aratus of Sicyon turns to Antigonus Doson to save the Achaean League from Cleomenes (227-224)
The Hellenic League votes for war against the Aetolians (220)
The Peace of Naupactus (217)
Athens honours Eurycleides for services performed (c.215)
Two letters of Philip V to Larisa in Thessaly followed by two decrees of the city (217 and 215)
Treaty between Hannibal and Philip V (215)
Alliance between Rome and the Aetolian League (212 or 211)
Conflicting views of Macedon's relations with the Greek world (210)
Nabis, tyrant/king of Sparta (207-192)
The Peace of Phoenice between Rome and Philip V (summer 205)
Philip V and the siege of Abydus (200)
The Athenians cancel honours previously voted to Philip V (201/199)
The strengths and weaknesses of the Macedonian phalanx (197)
The Roman settlement of Greece after the defeat of Philip V (196)
Aetolian negotiations with the Roman commander (191)
The Senate's peace terms for Aetolia (189)
The Achaeans abolish Sparta's 'Lycurgan' constitution (188)
Decree of the Amphictyonic Council in honour of a Thessalian (184-3)
Philip's measures to rebuild Macedon (from 185)
Regulations on military discipline in the Macedonian army (reign of Philip V)
Embassy from Lycia to Rome (178)
The mood in the Greek world on the eve of the Third Macedonian War (171)
Letter (?) of the Romans to the Delphic Amphictyony, recounting grievances against Perseus (171-170?)
Perseus' forces in 171
Decree of the Senate concerning Thisbae in Boeotia (170)
The Roman settlement and partition of Macedon (167)
King Prusias of Bithynia and the Senate (167/6)
The Roman treatment of Rhodes after Pydna (165)
The depopulation of the Greek world in the second century
The sack of Corinth by the Romans (146)
The Greek cities: social and economic conditions (texts 101-157)
Texts Arranged Geographically
A third-century description of central Greece
Chaos of public affairs in Boeotia (192)
The wealthy gentry of Elis in the third century
Pirates and the slave trade
Decree of Amorgos in honour of two men for help during an incursion of pirates (third century)
Athens honours Eumaridas of Cydonia in Crete for rescuing victims of Aetolian pirates (217/16)
Treaty between Miletus and Cretan cities against the purchase of citizens and slaves (after 260)
Itanos (Crete): oath of loyalty to the state (third century)
Oath of Dreros in Crete (c.220?)
Strabo on Hellenistic Rhodes
The earthquake at Rhodes and the donations from foreign rulers and cities (227/6)
The war of Rhodes against Byzantium to protect the freedom of the seas (220)
Treaty between Rhodes and Hierapytna in Crete (c.200?)
Byzantium and the Black Sea trade
Olbia honours Protogenes for many services to the city (late third-early second century)
Istria honours Agathocles for many services in defence of the city (c.200-150)
Economic Life
Exemption from taxes for new citizens at Teos (c.300)
Decree of Halicarnassus for the repayment of a public debt contracted for the building of a stoa (third century)
Oropus opens a subscription for the construction (or repair) of a fortification (third century?)
Decree of Istria in honour of Hephaestion of Callatis for remission of a debt (c.200-150)
Decree of Crannon (Thessaly) to eliminate debts by raising a subscription (c.168-142?)
Extracts from the temple accounts of the Delian hieropoioi (279)
Decree of Gortyn on the use of bronze coins (mid-second half of third century)
List of convictions for the counterfeiting of coins, from Dyme in Achaea (third-second century)
Amphictyonic decree concerning the Athenian tetradrachm (c.140-130?)
Harbour regulations at Thasos (third century)
Law regulating the sale of wood and charcoal at Delos (c.250-200)
Decree of Paros in honour of a man for services especially as agoranomos (second century)
Athenian decree concerning weights and measures (late second century)
Ephesus honours Agathocles of Rhodes for selling corn cheap (c.300)
Entella (in Sicily) honours cities and individuals for the provision of grain (early third century?)
Decree of Samos in honour of Boulagoras for many services (240s)
Decree of Delos in honour of Aristobulus of Thessalonica, sitones of Demetrius II of Macedon (239-229)
Decree of Histiaea found at Delos, in honour of a Rhodian in connection with the corn supply (c.230-209)
A Samian corn law (c.200)
Social and Cultural Life
The Athenian ephebeia in the Hellenistic age (266/5)
A gymnasiarchy law from Beroea (first third of second century)
Foundation of a school at Miletus (200/199)
Foundation of a school at Teos (second century)
Victory at the Nemean Games of a Sidonian prince (c.200)
Victories of a tragic actor (Tegea, between 276 and 219)
Lamia (in Aetolia) honours a poetess from Smyrna (218/17)
Decree of the Dionysiac artists in honour of a benefactor (between 197 and 166)
Decree of Cnossus in honour of a doctor from Cos (221-219)
Decree of Samos in honour of a public doctor (201-197)
The miraculous cures at Epidaurus (late fourth century)
The Delphic manumission records
A calendar of sacrifices (Myconos, c.200)
Law of Priene on the priesthood of Dionysus (second century)
Decree of an Attic cult association (307/6)
The introduction of the cult of Serapis to Delos (c.200)
Relations Between Cities
Treaty between Hierapytna and Praisos in Crete (early third century)
Homopoliteia of Cos and Calymnus (between 205 and 201/0?)
Sympoliteia of Stiris and Medeon in Phocis (second century)
Decree of Samos in honour of judges from Myndus (c.280)
Megarian arbitration in a border dispute between Epidaurus and Corinth (242/1-235/4)
Decree of Oropus in honour of an Achaean for help in the feud with Athens (c.154-149)
The Seleucids and Asia (texts 158-223)
A Babylonian king list
From Seleucus I to Antiochus I: the coming of the Galatians to Asia Minor (278/7)
The 'Seleucis': North Syria
Law on inheritance from Dura-Europus
Decree of Ilium in honour of Antiochus I after his accession
Babylonian records of the reign of Antiochus I for the years 274-273
Letters concerning gifts of land by Antiochus I to Aristodicides of Assos (c.275?)
Ilium honours Metrodorus, doctor of Antiochus I (c.275-268/7)
Antiochus I as king of Babylon (268)
Seleucia on the Tigris
Decree of two native villages in Asia Minor (January 267)
Decree of the League of Ionians for Antiochus I (c.267-261)
Letter of Antiochus I or II to Erythrae
Treaty between Lysimachea and Antiochus I or II
Letter of a Seleucid king about grants to Zeus of Baetocaece (date uncertain)
A sale of land by Antiochus II to his divorced queen Laodice (254/3)
Smyrna under Seleucus II (c.24l)
Letter of Seleucus II to Miletus (246)
Aradus in Phoenicia in the Seleucid empire
The origins of the Parthian kingdom
King Asoka of India and the Greek world (mid third century)
Seleucus II, Olympichus, and Mylasa (c.240 and after)
The usurpation of Achaeus in Asia Minor (220-213)
The accession of Antiochus III and the revolt of Molon (223-220)
Debate at court on the decision for war against Ptolemy IV (219)
The conflicting Seleucid and Ptolemaic claims to Coele Syria (winter 219/18)
The army of Antiochus III at the battle of Raphia (217)
A description of Media and Ecbatana (211-210)
Delphic maxims from Ai-Khanoum in Bactria
The eastern expedition ('Anabasis') of Antiochus III (212-205)
The Greek kingdom in Bactria
Letters of Antiochus III and other kings to Magnesia on the Maeander recognising the festival of Artemis Leucophryene (c.208/7)
Decree of Antioch in Persis on its links with Magnesia on the Maeander (late third century)
Antiochus III and Teos (c.204/3)
The 'secret pact' between Antiochus III and Philip V (203/2)
The conquest of Coele Syria by Antiochus III: a dossier of inscriptions from Scythopolis in Palestine (between 202/1? and 195)
Loan (?) of money by the temple of Artemis at Sardis on the security of an estate (late fourth century or c.200?)
Antiochus III in Asia Minor and at the Hellespont (197/6)
The conference at Lysimachea between Antiochus III and the Roman envoys (196)
Decree of Lampsacus in honour of an ambassador to Massalia and Rome (196/5)
Letter of Laodice to Iasus in Caria (c.196/5)
Letter of M. Valerius Messala to Teos (193)
Letter of a Seleucid governor to Laodicea in Media, with copy of an edict of Antiochus III (193)
Decree of Apollonia under Salbake in honour of a Seleucid official (reign of Antiochus III)
Letter of L. Cornelius Scipio and his brother to Heraclea under Mount Latmus (190)
The army of Antiochus III at the battle of Magnesia (early 189)
Letter of Antiochus III concerning the appointment of a chief priest at Daphne (October 189)
The Peace of Apamea between Antiochus III and the Romans (188)
Decree of Seleucia in Pieria and part of a letter of Seleucus IV (186)
List of annual priesthoods at Seleucia in Pieria under Seleucus IV
The accession of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175)
Portrait of Antiochus IV Epiphanes
Decree of Laodicea by the sea (174)
The Roman ultimatum to Antiochus IV in Egypt (summer 168)
The retreat of Antiochus IV seen through Egyptian eyes
The pageant of Antiochus IV at Daphne (166)
A Greek view of the Jews in early Hellenistic times
Antiochus III and the Jews
II Maccabees: Seleucus IV and the Jews
I Maccabees: Antiochus IV and the Jews
Demetrius I and the policy of the Senate towards the Seleucids (164)
Dynastic struggles in the Seleucid kingdom under Demetrius II (145)
The revolt of Diodotus Tryphon and the spread of piracy
Antiochus VII Sidetes and the independence of the Jews (139)
Letter of Antiochus VIII concerning the freedom of Seleucia in Pieria (summer 109)
The end of the Seleucids
The Attalids of Pergamum (texts 224-253)
An outline of Attalid history
Gifts of Philetaerus to Cyzicus (280/79 to 276/5)
Decree of Cyme and letter of Philetaerus (c.280-278?)
Delphi honours Philetaerus and his family (between 283 and 262)
Monument in honour of Philetaerus at Delos
Letter of Eumenes I to Pergamum and decree of Pergamum in honour of the generals
Agreement between Eumenes I and his mercenaries, with reciprocal oaths (263-241)
Dedications by Attalus I to Athena at Pergamum for victories in battle (c.238-227?)
The visit of Attalus I to Athens (200)
Portrait of Attalus I on his death (197)
Eumenes II and the Rhodians at Rome (189)
Decree of Apollonia on the Rhyndacus (?) in honour of an Attalid governor (after 188?)
Letter of Eumenes II to the inhabitants of Tyriaion (after 188)
Decree of the Delphic Amphictyony in honour of Eumenes II (182)
Letter of Eumenes II to an official concerning remission of taxes (181)
Letter of Eumenes II to the Ionian League (winter 167/6)
A model family: Apollonis of Cyzicus, wife of Attalus I
Letter of Attalus (future II) to Amlada in Pisidia (c.160)
A foundation by Attalus II at Delphi (160/59)
An estimate of Eumenes II on his death (159)
Letter of Attalus II to Attis, priest of Cybele (156)
Decree of Aegina in honour of a governor under Attalus II
Letter of Attalus II to Ephesus concerning the tutor of Attalus III (c.150-140)
Letters of Attalus II and III concerning the priesthoods of a friend (142-135)
Decree of Pergamum after the death of Attalus III (133)
The revolt of Aristonicus
Decree of Pergamum after the revolt of Aristonicus
Decree of the Senate concerning Pergamum (132)
Decree of Sestus in honour of Menas (after the end of the Attalids)
The municipal administration of Pergamum under the Attalids
The Ptolemies and Egypt (texts 254-326)
The Ptolemies in Egypt and the Wider World
Ptolemy II Philadelphus
A poem in praise of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (late 270s)
Decree of the League of Islanders on the acceptance of the Ptolemaieia (c.280)
Decree of Naxos in honour of the Ptolemaic 'nesiarch' and the island of Cos (c.280)
The great procession at Alexandria (279/8?)
Letter of Ptolemy II to Miletus (c.262/1)
Two ordinances of Ptolemy II on the registration of livestock and of natives in Syria and Phoenicia (April 260)
The Ptolemies and the Jews
Ptolemy II and the Red Sea
The animal hunts of Ptolemy II
The gold mines in southern Egypt
Decree of Itanos in Crete in honour of Ptolemy III (c.246)
The opening stages of the Laodicean (or 'Third Syrian') War (246/5)
Letter of Tlepolemus to Kildara in Caria (246)
An epigraphic account of Ptolemy III's 'Third Syrian War'
Decree of Samothrace in honour of a Ptolemaic governor (reign of Ptolemy III)
Decree of Telmessus in Lycia in honour of a Ptolemaic official (February 240)
The Canopus Decree: the Egyptian priests honour Ptolemy III and Berenice (4 March 238)
Letter of Thraseas, strategos of Cilicia, to Arsinoe and decree of Nagidus (238-221)
Mercenaries in Ptolemaic service in Syria (second half of the third century?)
Ptolemy IV Philopator and the policy of his predecessors(221)
Preparations for the 'Fourth Syrian War' by the ministers of Ptolemy IV (219/18)
Decree of the Egyptian priests in honour of Ptolemy IV (15 November 217)
The internal consequences of the battle of Raphia
Taxes in Egypt's foreign possessions (late third century, 219/18 or 202/1?)
Letter of Ptolemy IV (?) to an official at Soloi in Cilicia
A tax collector in Syria
Dedication of the elephant hunters (reign of Ptolemy IV)
The accession of Ptolemy V (204)
The Rosetta stone: decree of the Egyptian priests in honour of King Ptolemy V (27 March 196)
Suppression of a rebellion in Egypt (197-185)
A Ptolemaic governor in Cyprus (180-165)
The revolt of Dionysius Petosarapis (early 160s) and disturbances in Upper Egypt
Letter of Ptolemy VI to an officer at Thera concerning the payment of troops (13 August 163)
Rivalry between Ptolemy VI and Ptolemy VIII and partition of the kingdom (163/2)
The will of Ptolemy VIII (March 155)
The 'amnesty decree' of Ptolemy VIII, Cleopatra II and Cleopatra III (118)
Internal strife and the decline of the Ptolemies
Aspects of Egypt Under the Ptolemies
A description of Alexandria
Decree of Ptolemais in honour of its magistrates (reign of Ptolemy II or Ptolemy III)
List of victors in a competition (267)
Law of Alexandria on the cult of Arsinoe Philadelphus (c.267)
The apomoira for Arsinoe Philadelphus (263 and 259)
The oil monopoly of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (259)
Valuation of goods imported to Egypt by Apollonius (May-June 259)
Letter to Apollonius concerning the gold coinage of Ptolemy II (c.24 October 258)
The (alleged) introduction of Serapis to Egypt by Ptolemy I
Petition to Apollonius concerning the building of a sanctuary to Serapis (c.12 February 257)
Petition from Egyptian peasants to Apollonius (October-November 257)
The estate of Apollonius the dioiketes at Philadelphia (26 December 257)
A tender to Apollonius the dioiketes for repairing embankments at Memphis (257)
Record of lamp oil assigned to the retinue of Apollonius (January 256)
A lease of land from the estate of Apollonius (August 256)
Letter of complaint to Zenon from a non-Greek (c.256-255)
Letter to Zenon from two hierodouloi of Boubastis
Register of an official postal station (c.255)
Receipt from a boat captain for transporting barley to Alexandria (251)
Letter of Ptolemy II Philadelphus on the billeting of troops (mid third century)
Ordinances of Ptolemy II concerning internal security in Egypt (late 240s)
Compulsory labour on canals and dykes (242/1?)
Official correspondence concerning cleruchs (December 239-January 238)
Preliminary reports for the sowing schedule (September 232)
Oath of office of an Egyptian assistant to a banker (c.230)
Preparations for the visit of a dioiketes (January 225)
A petition to Ptolemy IV concerning a gymnasium (27 February 221)
The duties of an oikonomos (late third century)
The 'recluses' of the Great Serapeum at Memphis (161/60)
Maladministration by officials (25 October 156)
The persecution of intellectuals by Ptolemy VIII (145)
The population of Alexandria (second half of the second century)
Petition to the strategos from the royal peasants at Oxyrhyncha (c.138)
Menches, village scribe of Kerkeosiris
The Potter's Oracle
Table of rulers
Chronological table
Concordance between editions
Index of sources
General index