ISBN : 9780198805663
Hellenism and the Local Communities of the Eastern Mediterranean offers a timely re-examination of the relationship between Greek and non-Greek cultures in this region between 400 BCE and 250 CE. The conquests of Alexander the Great and his Successors not only radically reshaped the political landscape, but also significantly accelerated cultural change: in recent decades there has been an important historiographical emphasis on the study of the non-Greek cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean, but less focus on how Greek cultural elements became increasingly visible. Although the process of cross-cultural interaction differed greatly across Asia Minor, Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia, the same overarching questions apply: why did the non-Greek communities of the Eastern Mediterranean engage so closely with Greek cultural forms as well as political practices, and how did this engagement translate into their daily lives? In exploring the versatility and adaptability of Greek political structures, such as the polis, and the ways in which Greek and non-Greek cultures interacted in fields such as medicine, literature, and art, the essays in this volume aim to provide new insight into these questions. At the same time, they prompt a re-interrogation of the process of Hellenization, exploring whether it is still a useful concept for explaining and understanding the dynamics of cultural exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean of this period.
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1 Boris Chrubasik and Daniel King: Hellenism? An Introduction
2 Stephen Mitchell: The Greek Impact in Asia Minor 400-250 BCE
3 Ted Kaizer: Trajectories of Hellenism at Tadmor-Palmyra and Dura-Europos
4 Philippe Clancier: The Polis of Babylon: An Historiographical Approach
5 Boris Chrubasik: From Pre-Makkabaean Judaea to Hekatomnid Karia and Back Again: The Question of Hellenization
6 Johannes Haubold: Converging Perspectives on Antiochos III
7 Mario C. D. Paganini: Greek and Egyptian Associations in Egypt: Fact or Fiction?
8 Myrto Hatzimichali: Text and Wisdom in the Letter of Aristeas
9 Daniel King: Medicine between Cultures in the Hellenistic Fayum