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Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires
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Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires: The Near East After the Achaemenids, c. 330 to 30 BCE

Rolf Strootman


During the Hellenistic Period (c. 330-30 BCE), Alexander the Great and his successors reshaped their Persian and Greco-Macedonian legacies to create a new kind of rulership that was neither ‘western’ nor ‘eastern’ and would profoundly influence the later development of court culture and monarchy in both the Roman West and Iranian East. Drawing on the socio-political models of Norbert Elias and Charles Tilly, and covering topics such as palace architecture, royal women and court ritual, Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires shows how the Hellenistic dynastic courts were instrumental in t ... More

Keywords: Imperialism, Monarchy, Court Culture, Seleucid Empire, Ptolemaic Empire, Hellenistic World, Hellenistic Kingship, Middle East, Macedonia, Alexander the Great

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748691265
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rolf Strootman, author
University of Utrecht