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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 January 2017
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Byzantium, Trebizond A new book by Billy Cotsis presents 36 Greek kingdoms and entities This book is my tribute to the brilliance of Thucydides as the first-ever historian who truly presented primary facts with minimal bias. I n his new book, Neos Kosmos' own Billy Cotsis explores 36 Hellenic kingdoms, territories, empires and a fiefdom to demonstrate the extent of the Greek world. From Pyrrhus to Cyprus covers the period following the end of the Alexandrian empire to the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Added to the mix are a number of independent Greek entities which existed during and post Ottoman times. The book has a twist and a connector in that it is told by a fictional Thucydides, who has managed to survive for an eternity thanks to a spell cast by Apollo. This is Cotsis’ tribute to the brilliance of Thucydides as the first-ever historian who truly presented primary facts with minimal bias. To mark the impending release of his fascinating new book, Billy provides Neos Kosmos with his 10 favourite empires/ kingdoms based on geographical size, impact on history and contribution to Hellenism. #10. Indo-Greek Kingdom The Indo-Greek Kingdom in the Far East is arguably the most fascinating of all the Hellenistic kingdoms, emerging from the Greek-Bactrian Kingdom in Afghanistan. The Greeks of Bactria fought each other until the kingdom finally ceased to exist. However, in India circa 100BC a new kingdom emerged, of which the most important Indo-Greek king was Menander, known as Milinda by the locals. He converted to Buddhism, and encouraged the arts and sciences, resulting in a unique artistic style that survived for centuries in India. Like all the Hellenistic Age successor (postAlexander) kingdoms, the official language was Greek, with a strong preference for Greek customs, culture and religion, which blended with local elements of the same. This merging of cultures was a unique way of keeping the population onside. The empire came to an end in AD10. This kingdom just pipped the obscure Commagene Kingdom for tenth spot. #9. Empire of Trebizond "When and where was the last Greek empire?" The responses have been as follows: Alexander, the guys from 300, Byzantine Empire, Ptolemies of Egypt, Mytileneans (love Lesvos therefore I had to mention them somewhere).
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