From Pyrrhus to Cyprus: Forgotten and Remembered Hellenic Kingdoms, territories, entities and a fiefdom is the second book from freelance writer and short film director, Billy Cotsis.
The first was the acclaimed, “The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture,” which was produced in 2016. The latest book is an attempt to show how far the Hellenes travelled in search of colonies, new territories and empires. The Hellenes founded hundreds of colonies and territories in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Africa and Asia. A number of these survive to this day, with many of its inhabitants speaking a dialect of Greek and maintaining differing aspects of Hellenic culture. It is important that we never forget how far the Hellenes were able to reach and in many cases directly rule vast territories far beyond the Greek heartland.
This book therefore brings you an overview of 36 identified Greek “territories,” after the disintegration of the empire built up by Alexander the Great. Starting with Pyrrhus, the king of Epiros, the book also provides an overview of the conquests of Alexander and the Hellenistic Age, Byzantine Empire, Trebizond, Ionian Republic and many more.
The chapters are connected by the brilliant writer, Thucydides, who is the reason why history is written the way it is today. Thucydides was an exiled Athenian general in the Fifth Century who decided to write a balanced account of the Peloponnesian War. This book is therefore a tribute to his skill and balance as a writer.
In order to create Thucydides as a connector, and in a nod to the ancient paganistic rituals of the Hellenes, the God Apollo casts a spell on Thucydides to live for eternity. Thucydides travels around the world documenting the Greek places he discovers until he gets to the modern age.
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