Theaters have also been found: for example, in Ai-Khanoum on the edge of Bactria, the theater has 35 rows – larger than the theater in Babylon. philosophy, discovering 3 types, a new era of scuptures, mathmatics (geometry) and science, along with Astronomy, figuring out 9 planets, circumference of the earth ect.. He was successful, bringing back most of these provinces into at least nominal vassalage and receiving tribute from their rulers. The league was conquered by Rome in the Third Macedonian War (171–168 BC). Between 301 and 219 BC the Ptolemies ruled Judea in relative peace, and Jews often found themselves working in the Ptolemaic administration and army, which led to the rise of a Hellenized Jewish elite class (e.g. Antipater was made regent of the Empire, and the two kings were moved to Macedon. Many 19th-century scholars contended that the Hellenistic period represented a cultural decline from the brilliance of classical Greece. His son Demetrius II soon died in 229 BC, leaving a child (Philip V) as king, with the general Antigonus Doson as regent. After the death of Pyrrhus, Epirus remained a minor power. In the early 2nd century BC, the Galatians became allies of Antiochus the Great, the last Seleucid king trying to regain suzerainty over Asia Minor. Hellenistic sculpture. In 146 BC, the Greek peninsula, though not the islands, became a Roman protectorate. University of California Press. Epirus was a northwestern Greek kingdom in the western Balkans ruled by the Molossian Aeacidae dynasty. Hellenistic warfare was a continuation of the military developments of Iphicrates and Philip II of Macedon, particularly his use of the Macedonian Phalanx, a dense formation of pikemen, in conjunction with heavy companion cavalry. The end of Antigonid Macedon came when Philip V's son, Perseus, was defeated and captured by the Romans in the Third Macedonian War (171–168 BC). Preserved examples of ball projectiles range from 4.4 to 78 kg (9.7 to 172.0 lb). Throughout the Hellenistic world, people would consult oracles, and use charms and figurines to deter misfortune or to cast spells. Hierax carved off most of Seleucid Anatolia for himself, but was defeated, along with his Galatian allies, by Attalus I of Pergamon who now also claimed kingship. Sparta's bid for supremacy was crushed at the Battle of Sellasia (222 BC) by the Achaean league and Macedon, who restored the power of the ephors. Most of the Greek cities rallied to the Achaeans' side, even slaves were freed to fight for Greek independence. Prag & Quinn (editors). In c. 210 BC, the Greco-Bactrian kingdom was invaded by a resurgent Seleucid empire under Antiochus III. The farther away from the Mediterranean and the lower in social status, the more likely that a colonist was to adopt local ways, while the Greco-Macedonian elites and royal families usually remained thoroughly Greek and viewed most non-Greeks with disdain. It included a reading room and a collection of paintings. [136][failed verification]. He once again laid siege to Athens after they turned on him, but then struck a treaty with the Athenians and Ptolemy, which allowed him to cross over to Asia Minor and wage war on Lysimachus' holdings in Ionia, leaving his son Antigonus Gonatas in Greece. [89], Several references in Indian literature praise the knowledge of the Yavanas or the Greeks. What Happened To The Polis During The Hellenistic Period? the Tobiads). In 310 BC, Cassander had young King Alexander IV and his mother Roxana murdered, ending the Argead Dynasty which had ruled Macedon for several centuries. According to Peter Green, these cults did not produce genuine belief of the divinity of rulers among the Greeks and Macedonians. Green, Peter; Alexander to Actium, the historical evolution of the Hellenistic age, page 92. The period of Ashoka also witnessed the construction of 84,000 Buddhist stupas which were constructed all across the Indian subcontinent to celebrate the achievements of Gautama Buddha. Before the Hellenistic period, Greek colonies had been established on the coast of the Crimean and Taman peninsulas. In the Treaty of Apamea which ended the war, Antiochus lost all of his territories in Anatolia west of the Taurus and was forced to pay a large indemnity of 15,000 talents.[67]. After conquering the Indo-Greeks, the Kushan empire took over Greco-Buddhism, the Greek language, Greek script, Greek coinage and artistic styles. All Rights Reserved. Greek culture within the Aegean and Mediterranean littoral is referred to as Hellenism, and Greek culture that was exported beyond the boundaries of the Greek world is known as Hellenistic. The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 6: The Fourth Century BC by D. M. Lewis (Editor), John Boardman (Editor), Simon Hornblower (Editor), M. Ostwald (Editor), Dalmatia: research in the Roman province 1970-2001 : papers in honour of J.J by David Davison, Vincent L. Gaffney, J. J. Wilkes, Emilio Marin, 2006, page 21, "...completely Hellenised town...". [120] The worship of Alexander was also popular, as in the long lived cult at Erythrae and of course, at Alexandria, where his tomb was located. He began removing and appointing satraps as if he were king and also raided the royal treasuries in Ecbatana, Persepolis and Susa, making off with 25,000 talents. The "Brihat-Samhita" of the mathematician Varahamihira says: "The Greeks, though impure, must be honored since they were trained in sciences and therein, excelled others...".[91]. The Ptolemaic Tessarakonteres was the largest ship constructed in Antiquity. "Hellenistic" is distinguished from "Hellenic" in that the first encompasses the entire sphere of direct ancient Greek influence, while the latter refers to Greece itself. How did Rizal overcome frustration in his romance? A whole class of petty officials, tax farmers, clerks and overseers made this possible. Heliocles was the last Greek to clearly rule Bactria, his power collapsing in the face of central Asian tribal invasions (Scythian and Yuezhi), by about 130 BC. Hellenistic culture was at its height of world influence in the Hellenistic period. While a few fragments exist, there is no complete surviving historical work that dates to the hundred years following Alexander's death. Michael Rostovtzeff, who fled the Russian Revolution, concentrated predominantly on the rise of the capitalist bourgeoisie in areas of Greek rule. Some coins describe the Armenian kings as "Philhellenes". In addition, much of the area conquered would continue to be ruled by the Diadochi, Alexander's generals and successors. The Parthians used Greek as well as their own Parthian language (though lesser than Greek) as languages of administration and also used Greek drachmas as coinage. Oxford University Press page 255. The library of Alexandria included a zoo for research and Hellenistic zoologists include Archelaos, Leonidas of Byzantion, Apollodoros of Alexandria and Bion of Soloi. After Alexander's death he was defeated by Eumenes and crucified in 322 BC, but his son, Ariarathes II managed to regain the throne and maintain his autonomy against the warring Diadochi. [45] A staunch ally of Rome, Massalia retained its independence until it sided with Pompey in 49 BC and was then taken by Caesar's forces. [53] The monarch was also expected to serve as a charitable patron of the people; this public philanthropy could mean building projects and handing out gifts but also promotion of Greek culture and religion. Roman entanglement in the Balkans began when Illyrian piratical raids on Roman merchants led to invasions of Illyria (the First and, Second Illyrian Wars). Not just in one field, but in everything they set their minds to...As subjects of a tyrant, what had they accomplished?...Held down like slaves they had shirked and slacked; once they had won their freedom, not a citizen but he could feel like he was labouring for himself"[147]. J.-C. Webber, Christopher; Odyrsian arms equipment and tactics. 229–237. The years of constant campaigning had taken their toll however, and Alexander died in 323 BC. [54] External possessions such as Cyprus and Cyrene were run by strategoi, military commanders appointed by the crown. In this way, hybrid 'Hellenistic' cultures naturally emerged, at least among the upper echelons of society. After the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC), Greece had fallen under a Spartan hegemony, in which Sparta was pre-eminent but not all-powerful. Between 255 and 246 BC, the governor of Bactria, Sogdiana and Margiana (most of present-day Afghanistan), one Diodotus, took this process to its logical extreme and declared himself king. What is the analysis of the poem song by nvm gonzalez? Technological developments from the Hellenistic period include cogged gears, pulleys, the screw, Archimedes' screw, the screw press, glassblowing, hollow bronze casting, surveying instruments, an odometer, the pantograph, the water clock, a water organ, and the Piston pump. [98] Alexander had planned to settle the eastern shores of the Persian Gulf with Greek colonists, and although it is not clear that this happened on the scale he envisaged, Tylos was very much part of the Hellenised world: the language of the upper classes was Greek (although Aramaic was in everyday use), while Zeus was worshipped in the form of the Arabian sun-god Shams. Many Greek cities, including Athens, overthrew their Roman puppet rulers and joined him in the Mithridatic wars. The apotheosis of rulers also brought the idea of divinity down to earth. Carthage was a Phoenician colony on the coast of Tunisia. The Hellenistic period saw the rise of New Comedy, the only few surviving representative texts being those of Menander (born 342/341 BC). [148] A parallel can be drawn with the productivity of the city states of Italy during the Renaissance, and their subsequent decline under autocratic rulers. The religious sphere expanded to include new gods such as the Greco-Egyptian Serapis, eastern deities such as Attis and Cybele and a syncretism between Hellenistic culture and Buddhism in Bactria and Northwest India. [41] Agathocles then invaded Italy (c. 300 BC) in defense of Tarentum against the Bruttians and Romans, but was unsuccessful. Greek dedications, statues, architecture, and inscriptions have all been found. His son, Zipoetes I of Bithynia maintained this autonomy against Lysimachus and Seleucus I, and assumed the title of king (basileus) in 297 BC. Hellenistic culture produced seats of learning throughout the Mediterranean. Armies of the Hellenistic period differed from those of the classical period in being largely made up of professional soldiers and also in their greater specialization and technical proficiency in siege warfare. There has been a trend in writing the history of this period to depict Hellenistic art as a decadent style, following the Golden Age of Classical Athens. The poet-critic Callimachus, a staunch elitist, wrote hymns equating Ptolemy II to Zeus and Apollo. The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2007. p. 43. The spread of Greek influence and language is also shown through ancient Greek coinage. As far as the Indian subcontinent, Hellenistic influence on Indian art was broad and far-reaching, and had effects for several centuries following the forays of Alexander the Great. Bivar, A.D.H. [121] The rise of philosophy and the sciences had removed the gods from many of their traditional domains such as their role in the movement of the heavenly bodies and natural disasters. The Hellenistic period was characterized by a new wave of Greek colonization[5] which established Greek cities and kingdoms in Asia and Africa. In 233 BC the Aeacid royal family was deposed and a federal state was set up called the Epirote League. Getae in Wallachia and Moldavia coined Getic tetradrachms, Getic imitations of Macedonian coinage.[96]. While Rome ended the Hellenistic Age, they were also its heirs. Answer Save. This was the first time a European force had invaded the region. Ancient Greece had traditionally been a fractious collection of fiercely independent city-states. [104] The Romans, also allied with the Aetolian League of Greek city-states (which resented Philip's power), thus declared war on Macedon in 200 BC, starting the Second Macedonian War. [135] Another astronomer, Aristarchos of Samos, developed a heliocentric system. Attalus severely defeated the Gauls, forcing them to confine themselves to Galatia. The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2007. p. 35. Greek emigres faced individual religious choices they had not faced on their home cities, where the gods they worshiped were dictated by tradition. Antigonus remained in charge of Asia Minor, Ptolemy retained Egypt, Lysimachus retained Thrace and Seleucus I controlled Babylon. [142] The female nude also became more popular as epitomized by the Aphrodite of Cnidos of Praxiteles and art in general became more erotic (e.g., Leda and the Swan and Scopa's Pothos). Hellenism, have been widely used in various contexts; a notable such use is in Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold, where Hellenism is used in contrast with Hebraism.[14]. Diodotus II, son of Diodotus, was overthrown in about 230 BC by Euthydemus, possibly the satrap of Sogdiana, who then started his own dynasty. The most extreme position was taken by the Cynics, whose archetype was Diogenes of Sinope (c. 400–325 bce). Epigraphic evidence also shows extensive Hellenistic influence in the interior. [29] The Achean league was able to drive out the Macedonians from the Peloponnese and free Corinth, which duly joined the league. Behind his rejection of traditional allegiances lay a profound concern with moral values. During the Hellenistic period the leading figure in Sicily was Agathocles of Syracuse (361–289 BC) who seized the city with an army of mercenaries in 317 BC. HELLENISTIC MATHEMATICS The Sieve of Eratosthenes By the 3rd Century BCE, in the wake of the conquests of Alexander the Great, mathematical breakthroughs were also beginning to be made on the edges of the Greek Hellenistic empire. [25] A large number of the Macedonian population had also been resettled abroad by Alexander or had chosen to emigrate to the new eastern Greek cities. The Parthians continued worshipping Greek gods syncretized together with Iranian deities. One example is Athens, which had been decisively defeated by Antipater in the Lamian war (323–322 BC) and had its port in the Piraeus garrisoned by Macedonian troops who supported a conservative oligarchy. "Hellenistic" is a modern word and a 19th-century concept; the idea of a Hellenistic period did not exist in ancient Greece. Crateuas wrote a compendium on botanic pharmacy. Pliny the Elder, after having described the sculpture of the classical period, says: Cessavit deinde ars ("then art disappeared"). Athens, with its multiple philosophical schools, continued to remain the center of philosophical thought. The Ptolemies took on the traditions of the Egyptian Pharaohs, such as marrying their siblings (Ptolemy II was the first to adopt this custom), having themselves portrayed on public monuments in Egyptian style and dress, and participating in Egyptian religious life. What were Archimedes achievements? [49] However, Emporion lost its political independence around 195 BC with the establishment of the Roman province of Hispania Citerior and by the 1st century BC had become fully Romanized in culture.[50][51]. [83][84] Out of this revolt was formed an independent Jewish kingdom known as the Hasmonaean Dynasty, which lasted from 165 BC to 63 BC. [117] A common practice was to identify Greek gods with native gods that had similar characteristics and this created new fusions like Zeus-Ammon, Aphrodite Hagne (a Hellenized Atargatis) and Isis-Demeter. Which of the following was not conquered by the Greeks during the Hellenistic period? However, Macedon had a relatively strong and centralized government, and compared to most Greek states, directly controlled a large area. Its capital was the city of Petra, an important trading city on the incense route. Hellenistic Civilization DRAFT. [123] Though no Hellenistic tragedy remains intact, they were still widely produced during the period, yet it seems that there was no major breakthrough in style, remaining within the classical model. The erosion of the empire continued under Seleucus II, who was forced to fight a civil war (239–236 BC) against his brother Antiochus Hierax and was unable to keep Bactria, Sogdiana and Parthia from breaking away. [129] Eratosthenes measured the Earth's circumference with remarkable accuracy. His son and successor, Nicomedes I, founded Nicomedia, which soon rose to great prosperity, and during his long reign (c. 278 – c. 255 BC), as well as those of his successors, the kingdom of Bithynia held a considerable place among the minor monarchies of Anatolia. Spreading to culture led to culture diffusion in Europe and Asia, also resulting in the creation of the Hellenistic Era. The Seleucids for example took on Apollo as patron, the Antigonids had Herakles, and the Ptolemies claimed Dionysus among others.[119]. The Indo-Greek kingdom appears to have lingered on in western Punjab until about AD 10, at which time it was finally ended by the Indo-Scythians. The Odrysians used Greek as the language of administration[38] and of the nobility. [105] He thereby completed both the destruction of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Republic, and ended (in hindsight) the Hellenistic era. [78] Nabatean art shows Greek influences and paintings have been found depicting Dionysian scenes. Greek cities and colonies may have exported Greek art and architecture as far as the Indus, but these were mostly enclaves of Greek culture for the transplanted Greek elite. As the Greek and Levantine cultures mingled, the development of a hybrid Hellenistic culture began, and persisted even when isolated from the main centres of Greek culture (for instance, in the Greco-Bactrian kingdom). Pyrrhus then went to war with Macedonia in 275 BC, deposing Antigonus II Gonatas and briefly ruling over Macedonia and Thessaly until 272. Soon, however, Perdiccas had Meleager and the other infantry leaders murdered and assumed full control. Antiochus III recaptured Arsacid controlled territory in 209 BC from Arsaces II. Although Eumenes, satrap of Cappadocia, defeated the rebels in Asia Minor, Perdiccas himself was murdered by his own generals Peithon, Seleucus, and Antigenes (possibly with Ptolemy's aid) during his invasion of Egypt (c. 21 May to 19 June, 320 BC). Under the Seleucids, Parthia was governed by various Greek satraps such as Nicanor and Philip. The concept of Hellenization, meaning the adoption of Greek culture in non-Greek regions, has long been controversial. Also, the Hellenistic scientists also attempted rational analysis of nature; the Alexandrian library had leading scholars and thus, led to a research institution. Non-Greeks also had more freedom to travel and trade throughout the Mediterranean and in this period we can see Egyptian gods such as Serapis, and the Syrian gods Atargatis and Hadad, as well as a Jewish synagogue, all coexisting on the island of Delos alongside classical Greek deities. The vast Seleucid Empire was, like Egypt, mostly dominated by a Greco-Macedonian political elite. [59][61] These cities included newly founded colonies such as Antioch, the other cities of the Syrian tetrapolis, Seleucia (north of Babylon) and Dura-Europos on the Euphrates. The struggles with Rome had left Greece depopulated and demoralised. Hellenism or at least Philhellenism reached most regions on the frontiers of the Hellenistic kingdoms. 370 BC), the Achaean League (est. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply. The wars of Antiochus III brought the region into the Seleucid empire; Jerusalem fell to his control in 198 BC and the Temple was repaired and provided with money and tribute. What are some of the scientific achievements of the Hellenistic period? Battle of Issus (333 BC) After the defeat of the Persians at … An unknown engineer developed the torsion-spring catapult (c. 360 BC) and Dionysios of Alexandria designed a repeating ballista, the Polybolos. The Egyptian countryside was directly administered by this royal bureaucracy. 0. In another twenty years, the Macedonian kingdom was no more. Magic was practiced widely, and this, too, was a continuation from earlier times. Alexander appointed an Orontid named Mithranes to govern Armenia. Some ethnic groups were known for their martial skill in a particular mode of combat and were highly sought after, including Tarantine cavalry, Cretan archers, Rhodian slingers and Thracian peltasts. In 215 BC Philip, with his eye on Illyria, formed an alliance with Rome's enemy Hannibal of Carthage, which led to Roman alliances with the Achaean League, Rhodes and Pergamum. What happened to the polis during the Hellenistic period? Demetrius fled to central Greece with his mercenaries and began to build support there and in the northern Peloponnese. The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2007, p. 44. Their rulers established ruler cults in the manner of Hellenistic kings and often used Hellenistic royal epithets. The early Hellenistic Age also saw enduring achievements in the arts and learning, however. [66] He then began expanding his influence into Pergamene territory in Asia and crossed into Europe, fortifying Lysimachia on the Hellespont, but his expansion into Anatolia and Greece was abruptly halted after a decisive defeat at the Battle of Magnesia (190 BC). Many Scythian elites purchased Greek products and some Scythian art shows Greek influences. [97] The Greek admiral Nearchus is believed to have been the first of Alexander's commanders to visit these islands. Bugh, Glenn R. (editor). Also Know, what were the main achievements of the Hellenistic kingdoms? Other sources include Justin's (2nd century AD) epitome of Pompeius Trogus' Historiae Philipicae and a summary of Arrian's Events after Alexander, by Photios I of Constantinople. Celtic coinage was influenced by Greek designs,[43] and Greek letters can be found on various Celtic coins, especially those of Southern France. Eumenes II also constructed the Pergamum Altar with friezes depicting the Gigantomachy on the acropolis of the city. The Attalid dynasty of Pergamum lasted little longer; a Roman ally until the end, its final king Attalus III died in 133 BC without an heir, and taking the alliance to its natural conclusion, willed Pergamum to the Roman Republic. Only one play, Dyskolos, survives in its entirety. During the reign of Tigranes the Great (95–55 BC), the kingdom of Armenia reached its greatest extent, containing many Greek cities, including the entire Syrian tetrapolis. In some fields Hellenistic culture thrived, particularly in its preservation of the past. [79] They also slowly adopted Greek as a language of commerce along with Aramaic and Arabic. At this point the tripartite territorial division of the Hellenistic age was in place, with the main Hellenistic powers being Macedon under Demetrius's son Antigonus II Gonatas, the Ptolemaic kingdom under the aged Ptolemy I and the Seleucid empire under Seleucus' son Antiochus I Soter. By the time of Mithridates VI Eupator, Greek was the official language of the kingdom, though Anatolian languages continued to be spoken. Cassander rose in revolt against Polyperchon (who was joined by Eumenes) and was supported by Antigonus, Lysimachus and Ptolemy. The dominant ideals of Hellenistic art were those of sensuality and passion.[143]. In this political climate, Hellenistic philosophers went in search of goals such as ataraxia (un-disturbedness), autarky (self-sufficiency), and apatheia (freedom from suffering), which would allow them to wrest well-being or eudaimonia out of the most difficult turns of fortune. Stoicism, founded by Zeno of Citium, taught that virtue was sufficient for eudaimonia as it would allow one to live in accordance with Nature or Logos. Initially Rhodes had very close ties with the Ptolemaic kingdom. Some of the great names of learning in this Age include Archimedes, Hero, and Euclid. Towards the end 212 BC the country was divided into two kingdoms, Greater Armenia and Armenia Sophene, including Commagene or Armenia Minor. It seems likely that Alexander himself pursued policies which led to Hellenization, such as the foundations of new cities and Greek colonies. In 352 BC he annexed Thessaly and Magnesia. Carthaginian culture came into contact with the Greeks through Punic colonies in Sicily and through their widespread Mediterranean trade network. The Ptolemaic ruler cult portrayed the Ptolemies as gods, and temples to the Ptolemies were erected throughout the kingdom. [82] Antiochus IV Epiphanes sacked Jerusalem and looted the Temple in 169 BC after disturbances in Judea during his abortive invasion of Egypt. Bedal, Leigh-Ann; The Petra Pool-complex: A Hellenistic Paradeisos in the Nabataean Capital, pg 178. [60] This presented Antiochus III with a pretext to invade Greece and 'liberate' it from Roman influence, thus starting the Roman-Syrian War (192–188 BC). The hellenization of the Nabateans occurred relatively late in comparison to the surrounding regions. The states of the Hellenistic period were deeply fixated with the past and its seemingly lost glories. Though the Nabateans originally worshipped their traditional gods in symbolic form such as stone blocks or pillars, during the Hellenistic period they began to identify their gods with Greek gods and depict them in figurative forms influenced by Greek sculpture. And Thessaly until 272 the Peripatetics of the known world his military and even the elite cavalry of... 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