Meaning of Hellenistic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhɛlɪˈnɪstɪk/


  • Relating to Greek history, language, and culture from the death of Alexander the Great to the defeat of Cleopatra and Mark Antony by Octavian in 31 BC. During this period Greek culture flourished, spreading through the Mediterranean and into the Near East and Asia and centring on Alexandria in Egypt and Pergamum in Turkey.

    ‘The dominant language in the Hellenistic world, was Greek.’
    • ‘In Greek and Hellenistic culture, we certainly see traces of it, but they are usually attributed to Egyptian or Asian influence.’
    • ‘To be sure, they inhabited the same world as the Hellenistic Greeks.’
    • ‘Do the Greek and Hellenistic ages really look modern?’
    • ‘Thus the new refined cuisines of the early Hellenistic period called forth memories of earlier, better times.’
    • ‘The cities he founded became the spring boards for the diffusion of Hellenistic culture.’
    • ‘That was not the case for material of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, however.’
    • ‘Most of the remains date from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.’
    • ‘Moving the capital from Memphis to Alexandria, he brought Egypt into the mainstream of the Hellenistic world.’
    • ‘Being very near to the centre of Hellenistic world, Greek remained the main language of book writing at Alexandria.’
    • ‘Little or no painted representations survived from the classical Greek world, though some did from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.’
    • ‘After his sudden death in 323 B.C., Hellenistic culture reigned here as Armenia was spilt into three kingdoms.’
    • ‘As a genre these had a long history, which went back to the Hellenistic period in mosaic and may be connected with illustrated manuscript calendars.’
    • ‘In the Hellenistic era Greek was introduced and spoken along with Aramaic.’
    • ‘The majority of the sculptures on Cyprus dating from the Roman period were carved of local limestone, just as they had been in the earlier Archaic to Hellenistic periods.’
    • ‘This is the fate of all the Presocratic philosophers and of many philosophers after Aristotle, in the so-called Hellenistic period.’
    • ‘This broad semantic range persisted into the Hellenistic period.’
    • ‘She also has published several articles on Hellenistic and Roman history in the Encyclopedia of the Ancient World.’
    • ‘It was these men and the Greek dynasties they founded in the East who really created what we now know as Hellenistic culture.’