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Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic EmpiresThe Near East After the Achaemenids, c. 330 to 30 BCE$
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Rolf Strootman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691265

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691265.001.0001

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The Royal Household

The Royal Household

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(p.93) 4 The Royal Household
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Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires
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Rolf Strootman

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691265.003.0005

In Chapter 4, the central place of the royal family within the dynastic household is examined. It is argued inter alia that although there was no official crown prince in the Hellenistic kingdoms, Hellenistic kings did dispose of a variety of means to hierarchize their wives and set up a successor in advance. Special attention is given to the place and function of royal women: court women acted as intermediaries at court, as representatives of other dynasties, or were given tremendous power as ‘favourites’. The centrality of royal women in dynastic households was for a large part determined by the Macedonian dynasties’ inheritance customs, in which women played a pivotal role.

Keywords:   Dynasty, Kingship, Royal Women, Succession

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