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Within the context of the ancient Greek world, the Hellenistic period conventionally starts with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and ends with the Battle of Actium in 31 BC.

A neglected warrior

A neglected warrior

A new book on Pyrrhus

Rome fought many wars in its rise to Mediterranean dominance. One of the most important has been neglected in modern scholarship, in part because we have few sources for it. But Patrick Alan Kent has written a new book about the war with Pyrrhus.

Written by Joshua R. Hall

The culture of ancient scholarship

The culture of ancient scholarship

A book review

The scholastic lifestyle is not a development of the modern world. It was a characteristic of the ancient world, and deserving of a detailed look. This article reviews a new book that studies how scholars operated in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Written by Joshua R. Hall

Mercenaries in the ancient world

Mercenaries in the ancient world

Experts Stephanie Craven and Hannah Ringheim join regular team members Joshua Hall and Josho Brouwers to talk about mercenaries.

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Was Cleopatra beautiful?

Was Cleopatra beautiful?

The idea that Cleopatra, the famous last queen of ancient Egypt, owed her powerful position to her beauty persist, but why does her appearance really matter?

Written by Branko van Oppen

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