The Oxford History of Greece & the Hellenistic World (2nd

From the epic poems of Homer in the course of the glittering paintings and structure of Greece's Golden Age to the influential Roman structures of legislation and management, the classical international confirmed the principles of our tradition in addition to lots of its such a lot enduring achievements. Now on hand in a smaller, less difficult layout, the astonishingly in-depth and greatly praised Oxford heritage of the Classical international bargains the overall reader the definitive spouse to the Graeco-Roman world.

The first quantity, Classical Greece and the Hellenistic global, covers the interval from the 8th to the 1st centuries B.C., a interval extraordinary in background for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visible arts. It additionally treats the Hellenization of the center East by means of the monarchies tested within the zone conquested by means of Alexander the Great.
The moment quantity, Classical Rome, covers early Rome and Italy, the growth of the Roman republic, the basis of the Roman Empire by means of Augustus, its consolidation within the first centuries A.D., and the later Empire and its impact on Western civilization.
The editors, John Boardman, Jasper Griffen, and Oswyn Murray all eminent classicists intersperse chapters on political and social background with sections on literature, philosophy, and the humanities, and strengthen the ancient framework with maps and historic charts. the 2 volumes additionally supply bibliographies and an entire index, in addition to black and white photos built-in into the text.

The members thirty of the world's prime students current the most recent in glossy scholarship via masterpieces of wit, brevity, and elegance. whereas focusing on the elements necessary to the certainty of every interval, in addition they specialise in these parts of the classical international that stay of lasting significance and curiosity to readers at the present time. jointly, those volumes supply either a provocative and pleasing window into our classical historical past.

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Greedy for everything’ The Case of Hermeias of Kourion 41 (και Φοίνισσαν ἴδον λιχνόγραυν, fr. 1 Di Marco = Diog. Laert. 7. 15).

Kall. 5), see Stephens 2003: 79–96; for the various traditions concerning the god’s birth, see Schwabl 1978: 1206–14. For Zeus’s association with Ptolemaic rulers (as reflected in Hellenistic poetry and contemporary inscriptions), see Schwabl 1978: 1404–5. On the association of Ptolemy Philadelphos and Zeus in Kallimachos’s Hymn to Zeus and Theokritos Idyll 17, see Stephens 2003: 148–51. In the case of Kallimachos’s first hymn, scholars debate, inter alia, whether the real subject of the poem is Zeus, Ptolemy, or both; for a summary of the discussion, see Clauss 1986: 156–7.

On Alexander’s passionate engagement with Homer (Strabo Geog. 27 fittingly characterizes him as φιλόμηρος), see Zeitlin 2001: 201–3 and 206. 9 The idea that being Greek is more a matter of the mind than of ethnicity is already to be found in Isokrates Paneg. , Whitmarsh 2001, esp. 294–303 on Favorinus. For paideia in the Second Sophistic, see also Schmitz 1997; and Borg 2004. 10 I am grateful to Peter Bing for calling this passage to my attention. 11 An intriguing artistic representation of this dispute could be seen in the Homereion at Alexandria, where a statue of Homer was surrounded by figures of the cities that laid claim on him (cf.

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