Item description for The Hellenistic World: Revised Edition by F. W. Walbank...
The vast empire that Alexander the Great left at his death in 323 BC has few parallels. For the next three hundred years the Greeks controlled a complex of monarchies and city-states that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to India. Walbank's lucid and authoritative history of that Hellenistic world examines political events, describes the different social systems and "mores" of the people under Greek rule, traces important developments in literature and science, and discusses the new religious movements.
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Studio: Harvard University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 1993
Publisher Harvard University Press
ISBN 0674387260 ISBN13 9780674387263
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More About F. W. Walbank
F. W. Walbank was Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the British Academy.
F. W. Walbank was born in 1909 and died in 2008 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Liverpool Peterhouse, Cambridge University of Liverpool.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Hellenistic World, Revised Edition?
Tough going, better as a supplement Mar 17, 2003
I'm glad I read this along with the class that assigned it as a textbook. It is enormously informative, comprehensive, and concise.
Unfortunately, it is almost unreadable. Walbank assumes the reader has a familiarity with a lot of ancient persons (many with the same names) and customs (cult of Arsinoe, anyone?). If you want to know about Alexander the Great, I suggest you go straight to the horse's mouth and read Penguin's edition of Arrian's _Life of Alexander_.
Likewise, grab a book on the Ptolemies, one on the Macedonians, the Selefkids and the early Romans. Then maybe this book will make some sense.
Ok, but not the best source May 16, 2000
Walbank's small book on the Hellenistic period is certainly well priced -- your students won't complain about that. However they might complain that the book hardly reads or is laid out like an introductory textbook, which it clearly is meant to be. Thus why it is interesting reading for the higher level historian, it is not the best for undergraduates or laypeople.