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Hellenistic Empires

John Ma

in The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195188318
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188318.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Hellenistic Empires

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This chapter, which explores the history of state formation in ancient Greece during the Hellenistic period, describes state power during this period and discusses the narrative, genealogy, and structure of the Hellenistic state. It explains the concepts of basileia and basilikon, and argues that the importance of the Hellenistic empires in the history of the ancient state is linked to several factors. These include the reemergence of a neo-near eastern landscape of kingly polities and the integration of the Greek world of the cities within this world.

Keywords: state formation; ancient Greece; Hellenistic period; Hellenistic state; basileia; basilikon; kingly polities

Article.  16365 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Classical History ; Greek and Roman Law

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