By F. W. Walbank
Released in 1928, quantity VII of the Cambridge historic heritage orginally coated either the background of the Hellenistic international from the conflict of Ipsus in 301 BC right down to the Peace of Naupactus and the conflict of Raphia in 217 BC and the heritage of Rome from its beginning right down to an identical date. within the new version the Greek and Roman sections were assigned to 2 separate volumes. of those, VII half I opens after the dying of Alexander, in 323 BC, as being a extra logical starting-point for Hellenistic heritage; yet 217 has been retained because the terminal date given that, as Polybius famous, it's from then onwards that Rome starts off to play a considerable position in Greek affairs. the quantity has been thoroughly rewritten via experts from nice Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Canada, and takes complete account of the huge volume of latest fabric that has turn into on hand within the final fifty years. Separate chapters care for the most kingdoms - Ptolemaic Egypt, Seleucid Asia and Macedonia - and with mainland Greece, Sicily and the smaller states together with Pergamum. Political occasions are totally defined and assessed, yet there's much less emphasis on army element than within the first version. the distance hence kept has been given over to chapters at the historic assets, at the establishment of monarchy and the ideology surrounding it, at the major cultural, social and monetary points of the Hellenistic international and at the improvement of Hellenistic technology, specifically relating to its program in peace and warfare. This up to date and authoritative account of the early Hellenistic international is designed to serve either the coed and the overall reader of this and next generations because the first variation has served these of the final fifty years.
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Judging by their condition when found in hoards and by the figures given by Livy of coined money carried in Roman triumphs of the second century, gold coins were commonly hoarded, not circulated. Silver was the normal medium of international trade, and bronze sufficed for everyday needs and usually had an extremely limited area of circulation. Further, it is not always easy to discover where a coin was struck. g. Alexander, Lysimachus) help with neither provenance nor date, since they occur posthumously on a wide range of coins, for many of which the only means of identification may be the monogram of the issuing city, and that cannot always be interpreted.
Diad. it. 2 2 - 3 ; Just. 5; Plut. Phoe. 23-8; Dem. -PIut. ; Dem. ; Hyper. ; Paus. 5. 52—6; 129-32: (A 6). Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 34 2 THE SUCCESSION TO ALEXANDER rapidly in the few remaining months of his life. One fact, however, is clear from his short career: Perdiccas showed a strong desire to complete the work of conquest and to maintain (certainly for his profit) the integrity of the empire against the separatist tendencies of the powerful Macedonian satraps.
118. 37 Most of this material is undated. There is not a great deal from the towns, at any rate in the early Ptolemaic period, but the powerful and important temples — many of them built or extended by the Ptolemies — have left a wealth of demotic material, some of which is especially interesting for the glimpse it gives of relations between the Greeks and native Egyptians. Alexandria and the Delta have provided virtually nothing since the damp soil there has prevented the survival of papyrus. Though only exceptionally relevant to political and military history, papyri have made some contributions — and for certain periods contributions of great importance — in that field.
Cambridge Ancient History. The Hellenistic World by F. W. Walbank