The term is derived from the Greek word (Héllen) which was the Greeks traditional name for themselves.
Hellenistic civilization represents the peak of Greek influence in the ancient world. It was dispersed throughout most of the populated parts of the western world took place between 500 BC and 200 AD. It began in ancient Greece where Athens surpassed the ancient world in the realm of politics by developing the theory and practice of democracy. After the conquest of the Persian Empire by Alexander the Great, Macedonian kingdoms were established throughout the Near East and the Middle East (Asia) and north-east Africa (ancient Egypt). This exported the Greek culture and language to these areas. This advanced culture of philosophy, poetry, politics, athletics in the nude and “enlightened” lifestyle was most appealing to those in the upper-class. These new kingdoms were equally influenced by the indigenous cultures. The Hellenistic civilization thus represents a fusion of the Ancient Greek world with that of Asia.
The Romans established a time of peace (Pax Romanum) The provinces of the Roman empire were organized into a series of city-states. Each city-state had its own public institutions, buildings and governmental procedures. During the long Roman peace, provincial cities were dominated by the Hellenistic influence and the will of Rome.
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Dear Heavenly Father,
Praise and glory to the one true Living God, the alpha and the omega. Holy, Holy, Holy is your name. Thank you Father, for your son Jesus Christ who redeemed us from our sins. And thank you for this day and everything you have brought to me. May my prayer rise to you as sweet incense from the alter. I ask that you guide me, Father, through your Word. Please open my heart and mind to recieve your word and please reveal your Holy Truth. Please dwell in me and help me to live each day of my life in keeping with your Word. In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray and ask it. Amen.