By Elizabeth Carney

The definitive advisor to the lifetime of the 1st girl to play an immense position in Greek political heritage, this is often the 1st sleek biography of Olympias. offering a serious review of a desirable and thoroughly misunderstood determine, Elizabeth Carney penetrates fable, fiction and sexual politics and conducts an in depth exam of Olympias via historic and literary resources, and brings her to lifestyles as she locations the determine within the context of her personal old, brutal political global. person examinations examine: the position of Greek faith in Olympias' existence literary and inventive traditions approximately Olympias stumbled on through the later historical classes various representations of Olympias present in the foremost old assets. a completely compelling learn for college students, students, and an individual with an curiosity in Greek, Classical, or women’s background.

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56 In the Greek world, where sexual relationships between males, especially elite males, were widely accepted, it may not have been so unusual. 57 She could possibly have understood her brother’s sexual relationship with Philip as confirmation of the prestige and influence of her family. 58 I believe that Olympias’ view and that of her brother would have depended on whether, having established the relationship, Philip then showed his esteem for Alexander by giving him honors. In Macedonian history, as in the case of Philip’s assassin and the assassins of Archelaus (Arist.

Any son born as a result of it would be far too young to threaten Alexander’s chances at the throne, and only months before Philip had entrusted to his teenage son a critical position at Chaeroneia, the battle that brought Philip control of Greece. After the battle, Philip reconfirmed the importance of Alexander by sending him, along with the experienced Antipater, to negotiate with the defeated but still vital Athenians. No wonder that Alexander attended the symposium celebrating his father’s most recent marriage.

46 It is very likely that Alexander was closer to his mother than to his father, but the reasons for this circumstance were largely practical and functional. In the competitive polygamous situation described above, a king’s son inevitably drew closer to his mother than to his father because the former was his succession advocate since her status derived from his success whereas his father probably had other sons and might prefer them. Plutarch (Mor. 178e) actually relates an anecdote in which Alexander complains to Philip because he is producing children by multiple women, and Philip replies by claiming that a contest for the succession would be good thing, demonstrating that he was worthy to inherit.

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