By Daniel Ogden

Daniel Ogden's Polygamy, Prostitutes and dying, first released in 1999, has confirmed itself because the imperative advisor to the heritage of royal ladies and their court docket intrigues in the course of the Hellenistic interval. the writer offers transparent narrative and research of the strategic in-fighting regarding the various Cleopatras, Laodices and Stratonices, their lady competitors, their male kinfolk, and enemies. Ogden's ebook does a lot to set up the significance of royal girls for the increasingly-studied Hellenistic age.

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All the same, it is easier to suppose that the girl married to Amyntas was the child of a third and otherwise unknown union. 40 Aristotle makes it clear that the younger of 9 Argead Macedon Aixhelaus' daughters was the only one he had available for his dynastic manipulation, since he had been forced to give the elder one away (we can be fairly sure that she at any rate was not born of the Cleopatra union). Therefore her function may have been to mark out Amyntas as particularly favoured: he was thus granted the opportunity to concenĀ­ trate the blood of Archelaus in his own offspring.

All the same, it is easier to suppose that the girl married to Amyntas was the child of a third and otherwise unknown union. 40 Aristotle makes it clear that the younger of 9 Argead Macedon Aixhelaus' daughters was the only one he had available for his dynastic manipulation, since he had been forced to give the elder one away (we can be fairly sure that she at any rate was not born of the Cleopatra union). Therefore her function may have been to mark out Amyntas as particularly favoured: he was thus granted the opportunity to concenĀ­ trate the blood of Archelaus in his own offspring.

25 Bickerman 1938, 14-20 and 24-5. 26 Breccia 1903, 66 and Hopp 1977, 18. 27 Hatzopoulos 1987. Some of the many objections that may be raised to this theory may be found at Greenwalt 1989 especially 21; cf. also Borza 1990, 240, although he perhaps shows the influence of Hatzopoulos in his remarks on primogeniture at 177, 179 and 189. g. Hopp 1977, 18, Le Bohec 1981, 43 and O'Brien 1992, 39-40. 2 180-1 (hellenistic kings took 'mistresses' but not 'wives' on campaign with them), Tarn 1929 (the Ptolemies did not give the dynastic name to 'illegitimate' children), Bevan 1927, 52, Macurdy 1937, 107 and 112, and Seibert 1967, 72 xxxi Argument (all arguing that hellenistic kings did not marry 'illegitimate' daughters to each other), and Reymond and Barns 1977, 13 (Ptolemaic 'bastards' were all born of Egyptian princesses).

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