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(History Book Club Edition, 1982)



I have never been disappointed with a book by historian Michael Grant, and this one lived up to all expectations. I knew bits and pieces about the Hellenistic age, but this book did a masterful job of pulling it all together, with separate sections on history, art and culture.

Grant has a masterful hand for making history understandable. This section of Greek history -- between the death of Alexander and the rise of Rome -- is an area filled with an incredible amount of diversity as the Successors took their areas of Alexander's Empire and made them into bastions of Greek culture in foreign lands. One of the most interesting was the short-lived Bactrian lands in northern India, where Greek influence held out, cut off from all the other Greek-held lands, for some time. And, of course, the Ptolemy Empire in Egypt, from start to finish, is always fascinating.

It was a mesmerizing time to study about, filled with experimentation in art and philosophy as the Greeks came into contact with other powerful nations and began to adopt and adapt what they learned. The confluence of so many inputs created a diversity of thought and imagination that blossomed so quickly that it was difficult for anyone to keep up with the changes.



This book is well worth reading for an overview of the Hellenistic Age that doesn't skimp on details and lays out everything so that it's easy to follow the history of each section. I highly recommend reading it for anyone who is interested in the time period.

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