This book offers a detailed and updated account of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander in 323 BCE to the suicide of Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE. The cultural area shaped by the legacy of the Macedonian king is vast and stretches from the western Mediterranean to India. The setting changes along with the gradual expansion of Rome into the Greek East. The text also explores other significant features of Hellenistic society, including the new figure of the sovereign, the economy and religion, and the complex relationship between the Greeks and other populations.
Federicomaria Muccioli teaches Greek History at the University of Bologna.