hellenistic kingdoms.08 - democratic institutions; lack of...

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HELLENISTIC WORLD Three major kingdoms : Ptolemaic (Ptolemy) in Egypt [ends with Cleopatra's death 30 BC] Seleucid (Seleucus) in Middle East [continually shrunken; Rome takes 1c. BC] Antigonid dynasty (Antigonus II) in Macedonia [taken by Rome 2nd c. BC] other players: —Pergamum in Asia Minor —Achaean and Aetolian leagues in Greece Government: kingdoms: monarchy, bureaucracy, mercenaries Aetolian, Achaean leagues: federation of cities Greek polis-state: Greek traditions (gymnasium, agora, theater);
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Unformatted text preview: democratic institutions; lack of independence as state Society: • Greek cities (e.g. Alexandria) and outposts in non-Greek lands • Greek/non-Greek distinction (see Theocritus Idyll 15) • lack of cultural mixture, excepting Judaic-Greek interactions • international Greek language: Koine • resistance or revolt often arising • Gender: • strong role in monarchal courts • liberal customs outside Greece...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course CLA 160 taught by Professor Burgess during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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