Rhodes was founded more that 2,400 years ago, yet our fascination for this prosperous trading center continues across the millennia. One of the most beautiful cities ever built, Rhodes had a profound influence on the Roman, and subsequent western, civilization. Hellenistic Rhodes introduces the latest research carried out by European scholars. Individual chapters approach various aspects of the politics, culture and society of Rhodes and its sphere of influence from historical, archaeological and philosophical perspectives. These multidisciplinary essays center on the Rhodian demes, relations between Rhodes and the Rhodian Peraia, the relations between Rhodes and Caria, Rhodes and Lycia in Hellenistic times, the marginalization of Crete in Greek thought, the role of piracy in the outbreak of the First Cretan War, and the Eastern Mediterranean wine trade. Also considered is the evidence from Rhodian amphorae of the trade between Rhodes and Alexandria, pottery and jewelry from Rhodian graves and aspects of Rhodian tombs. A final essay discusses the importance of the transformation of stoicism by Panaetius and Posidonius. This final volume of the series Studies in Hellenistic Civilization continues the vibrant record of the contemporary interest in, and success with, uncovering the details of a remarkable time and place.
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