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Hellenization
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I. History

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A. Term

Hellenization is understood here to be a complex acculturation phenomenon composed of different processes operating on several levels. In addition to the area of language and literature, Greek ideas and forms of expression were also adopted in architecture, fine arts, as well as in religion and cult; non-Greek patterns of sociopolitical organization were also adapted to fit the Greek model (polis state, forms of organizations and associations,  gymnasium). All of these changes often had wid…

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Gerber, Jörg (Bochum) and Binder, Vera (Gießen), “Hellenization”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e506840>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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