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Angelos Chaniotis

The opening of the world. A Global History of Hellenism

Publisher: WBG Academic

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Circulation: 2nd, revised edition

Release year: 2022

Scope: 544 pages

Format: 215mm x 149mm x 47mm

Language/s: German

  • ISBN-13: 9783534274017
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  • How the culture of the Greeks first shaped the Roman Empire and then Europe.
    It was Alexander the Great who opened the borders to the east, to the ends of the world, to India. With him not only the long age of Hellenism began, but also the networking of large parts of Europe, Asia and North Africa and thus globalization. But what happened next?
    In his book, the historian Angelos Chaniotis tells the story of two epochs that are usually treated separately: the Hellenistic age and the early Roman imperial period. He shows how much the culture of the Greeks shaped the following epochs far beyond the time of the ancient Roman emperors: the exciting story of a cosmopolitan age, from Alexander the Great (334 BC) to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (138 A.D.).
  • With his conquests, Alexander did not create a lasting world empire, but it did create the conditions for the emergence of a political, economic and cultural network that literally encompassed the entire known world at the time. The emergence of metropolises, cosmopolitanism and local patriotism, technological innovations and new religions such as Christianity, but also social conflicts and wars are among the hallmarks of this world.
  • Globalization, mobility and multiculturalism - the questions that occupied the ancient Greeks are still of great importance today. Anyone who wants to understand the nature of globalization with all its positive and negative consequences should use this excellent non-fiction book to explore its first appearance in ancient history!
  • Tags: Hellenism, Greece, Greek History, Alexander the Great, Imperial Times, Roman History, Globalization, Cultural History, Global History.
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