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p. 152. From Alexander to Augustuslocked

  • Peter Thonemann


‘From Alexander to Augustus’ describes the twists and turns of Hellenistic history, from Alexander’s accession (336 bc) to Cleopatra’s death and the end of the Ptolemaic kingdom (30 bc). It begins by outlining Alexander’s reign and the first generation after his death (323–281 bc), when his empire fractured into three successor kingdoms, each ruled by a Macedonian king: the Antigonids in Macedon, the Ptolemies in Egypt, and the Seleucids in western and central Asia. The rising power of the imperial city-states of Carthage and Rome is described, including Rome’s victories over Philip V and Antiochus III during the 2nd century bc. It ends with the final period of the Hellenistic age (133–30 bc).

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