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The View from the Old World: Contemporary Perspectives on Hellenistic Culture

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This chapter draws attention to differences between Plutarch's view of Alexander and the Hellenistic age and Polybios' view. It focuses on one writer among Kallimachos, Apollonios Rhodios, or Herodas, who was undoubtedly from the old Greek world, the historian Polybios from the Peloponnesian city of Megalopolis. His treatment of the Hellenistic foundation of Alexandria in Egypt suggests that he did not think of the new cities of the Hellenistic world and their culture in the same way that he thought of old cities such as Athens or Sparta. The chapter moves away from the individual response of a single historian to see if epigraphic evidence can throw any light on the way the new Greek world of the east was perceived from the old one.

Keywords: Greek world; Hellenistic age; Plutarch; Polybios



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