Women and Monarchy in Macedonia

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 - History - 369 pages
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In this groundbreaking work, Elizabeth Donnelly Carney examines the role of royal women in the Macedonian Argead dynasty from the sixth century B.C. to 168 B.C. Women were excluded from the exercise of power in most of the Hellenic world. However, Carney shows that the wives, mothers, and daughters of kings sometimes played important roles in Macedonian public life and occasionally determined the course of national events.

Carney assembles an exhaustive array of evidence on the political role of Argead royal women. In addition, she presents a series of biographical sketches describing the public careers of all the royal women -- including Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, and the warrior Cynnane, his half-sister -- whose names are preserved in ancient sources. Women and Monarchy in Macedonia fills a growing need for an updated survey of the subject, corrects previously held assumptions, and offers a fresh interpretation of the status, function, influence, and authority of women in the ancient world.

  

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Contents

Women and Monarchy in the Argead Period
3
Eurydice and the Reigns of Amyntas III
38
Royal Women and Philip II
51
Royal Women and Alexander the Great
82
Olympias Cleopatra Cynnane Adea Eurydice and the End of the Argead Dynasty 323308
114
The Antipatrids and the Descent to Chaos 316277
153
Women and Monarchy in the Antigonid Period 277168
179
Changes in the Public Role of Macedonian Royal Women in the Hellenistic Period
203
Conclusion
245
Genealogical Charts
249
Notes
255
Abbreviations
333
Bibliography
335
Index to Biographical Essays
353
General Index
355
Copyright

Royal Female Burials
234

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Elizabeth Donnelly Carney is Professor of History at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

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