Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review of the Twilight of the Hellenistic World

Authors:  Bob Bennett & Mike Roberts.
Title:  Twilight of the Hellenistic World.
Publisher:  Sword and Pen Books.
Copyright:  2012.
Pages:  284.

Overview and Impressions:
This covered the last century of Greek rule before the coming of the Romans in the 2nd century BCE.  The authors looked at the different city states on mainland Greece, Macedonia, the Seleucid empire, and Ptolemy Egypt.

Macedonia played a major part in the history of mainland Greece.  I was surprised how active the various Greek polises were when it came to regional politics and alliances.  Philip V's reign was filled with ever-changing alliances as he sought to dominant the Balkans.

The Seleucid empire waxed and waned depending on her ruler.  Antiochus III crippled the Ptolemies in Egypt.  The Seleucids were able to dominant the eastern Near East while lashing out he regional rival.

However, the Ptolemy state stagnated under the tutelage of various regents  Egypt managed to lose many of her Levant positions to the Seleucids.  The Romans were still messing around the Carthaginians during this time.  She took a more active part in the Easter Mediterranean after the battle of Zama in 202 BCE.

Overall, an interesting book of neglected history.  I wish there was more on the Greek Successors available in English than what is currently offered.  Though the era could have been renamed, "Age of the Mercenary."  Recommended.

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