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The Hellenistic West
Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean


Jonathan R. W. Prag, Josephine Crawley Quinn, Andrew Erskine, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Ed Bispham, Roger Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Elizabeth Fentress, Ann Kuttner, Peter van Dommelen, Mireia López-Bertran, Simon Keay, Liv Yarrow, Nicholas Purcell
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316625705

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  • Although the Hellenistic period has become increasingly popular in research and teaching in recent years, the western Mediterranean is rarely considered part of the 'Hellenistic world'; instead the cities, peoples and kingdoms of the West are usually only discussed insofar as they relate to Rome. This book contends that the rift between the 'Greek East' and the 'Roman West' is more a product of the traditional separation of Roman and Greek history than a reflection of the Hellenistic-period Mediterranean, which was a strongly interconnected cultural and economic zone, with the rising Roman republic just one among many powers in the region, east and west. The contributors argue for a dynamic reading of the economy, politics and history of the central and western Mediterranean beyond Rome, and in doing so problematise the concepts of 'East', 'West' and 'Hellenistic' itself.

    • Reassesses the place and role of the western Mediterranean in the Hellenistic period and in ancient history more generally
    • A thought-provoking discussion of the use of the term 'Hellenistic'
    • Provides in-depth studies across a number of regions and disciplines (archaeology, history, numismatics, epigraphy)
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    '… this valuable volume can be studied by scholar and student alike for its examination of the Hellenistic and Hellenism. With its different methodological approaches, places, and periods examined, [it] could provide a rich and far-reaching foundation for examining and re-examining our notions of the Hellenistic West, perhaps in a graduate course. That would be a course I would want to take.' Barbara Tsakirgis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316625705
    • length: 502 pages
    • dimensions: 145 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 124 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 9 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jonathan R. W. Prag and Josephine Crawley Quinn
    1. The view from the East Andrew Erskine
    2. Hellenistic Pompeii: between Oscan, Greek, Roman, and Punic Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
    3. The 'Hellenistics of death' in Adriatic central Italy Ed Bispham
    4. Hellenistic Sicily, c.270–100 BC Roger Wilson
    5. Trading across the Syrtes: Euesperides and the Punic world Andrew Wilson
    6. Strangers in the city: élite communication in the Hellenistic central Mediterranean Elizabeth Fentress
    7. Monumental power: 'Numidian royal architecture' in context Josephine Crawley Quinn
    8. Representing Hellenistic Numidia, in Africa and at Rome Ann Kuttner
    9. Hellenism as subaltern practice: rural cults in the Punic world Peter van Dommelen and Mireia López-Bertran
    10. Were the Iberians Hellenized? Simon Keay
    11. Epigraphy in the western Mediterranean: a Hellenistic phenomenon? Jonathan R. W. Prag
    12. Heracles, coinage, and the West: three Hellenistic case-studies Liv Yarrow
    13. On the significance of East and West in today's 'Hellenistic' history Nicholas Purcell.

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    Jonathan R. W. Prag, University of Oxford
    Jonathan R. W. Prag is University Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor of Merton College, Oxford. He works on the western Mediterranean in the Hellenistic and Republican periods, with a particular focus on Sicily, Roman imperialism and the use of epigraphic evidence. He has published over a dozen articles on ancient Sicily, as well as several on Punic identity and Republican auxiliaries, and has edited volumes on Cicero's Verrines and a companion to Petronius (with Ian Repath). He is currently writing a book on the use of auxiliaries by the Roman Republic and editing a companion to the political culture of the Roman Republic (with Valentina Arena). He is a Chercheur associé of the CNRS-funded ANHIMA group in Paris, where he is collaborating on new editions with commentary of Cicero's Verrines; and an overseas co-investigator in two projects funded by the Spanish Ministerio Educación y Ciencia, one directed by F. Pina Polo (Zaragoza) on provincial clientelae in the Roman west, the other directed by E. García Riaza (Palma) on alliances, confederations and diplomacy in the Hellenistic western Mediterranean. He is currently directing a project, funded by the University of Oxford, to develop a digital corpus of Sicilian epigraphy.

    Josephine Crawley Quinn, University of Oxford
    Josephine Crawley Quinn is University Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor of Worcester College, Oxford. She works on Mediterranean history and archaeology, with a particular interest in ancient North Africa, but has published articles on topics from Roman imperialism to gender ideologies in Athenian sculpture to Carthaginian child sacrifice to Capitolia and co-edited a volume of essays on the Punic Mediterranean with Nick Vella. She served as Editor of the Papers of the British School at Rome (2008–11) and she now co-directs the excavations at Utica (Tunisia), with Andrew Wilson and Elizabeth Fentress, and the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies, with Jonathan Prag. She is currently writing a book on Phoenicianism from Homer to the Arab Spring.


    Jonathan R. W. Prag, Josephine Crawley Quinn, Andrew Erskine, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Ed Bispham, Roger Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Elizabeth Fentress, Ann Kuttner, Peter van Dommelen, Mireia López-Bertran, Simon Keay, Liv Yarrow, Nicholas Purcell

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