The Hellenistic world in the 3rd cent. BC
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I. Sources and the current state of research

The source material on the development and formation of the Hellenistic states of the 3rd century is particularly sketchy for the period from the death of Pyrrhus of Epirus (319/18–272 BC), whose life is included in Plutarch’s collection of biographies, and 220 BC, the starting-point of Polybius’ Histories. All that has survived is some disconnected remarks by various ancient writers, such as the La…

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Wittke, A.-M., “The Hellenistic world in the 3rd cent. BC”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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