John Crowley (crowleycrow) wrote,
John Crowley


I am trying fruitlessly to remember the term for the late Greek world of the 2nd to 4th century CE. Not Ptolemaic or Alexandrian or Graeco-Roman.  ANother one.  Help?
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Not Ptolemaic or Alexandrian or Graeco-Roman.

I think "late antiquity" is too broad, but just in case?
Yes, "Late Antiquity" is correct.
Surely Late Antiquity includes Rome as well as Greece.


September 9 2016, 02:07:28 UTC 4 years ago



September 9 2016, 05:57:12 UTC 4 years ago Edited:  September 9 2016, 08:13:21 UTC

Looked it up. Historically, the Hellenistic period (323 BCE-31 BCE) runs from death of Alexander the Great to the Battle of Actium and the conquest of Ptolemaic Egypt. Literarily, the surviving "Hellenistic romances" date from the first centuries of the Common Era. Very confusing.



September 9 2016, 07:11:38 UTC 4 years ago Edited:  September 9 2016, 07:12:45 UTC

Wikipedia refers to that period as "Roman Greece". But that may be too similar to Graeco-Roman.
"Hellenistic" is the word i was looking for. Elsewhere someone suggested "Hellenic" which looked okay but subtly not right but eventually promped "Hellenistic" -- which rightly or wrongly is what I couldn't remember.


September 26 2016, 17:17:21 UTC 4 years ago

John Romer's old (great) BBC documentary on the seven wonders of the ancient world had this unforgettable line:

Hellenistic, even the name is derogatory, it means "sort of like Greek".

Yes, true -- thanks.
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