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OLYMPIAS (Women of the Ancient World) by Elizabeth Carney

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By Elizabeth Carney

The definitive advisor to the lifetime of the 1st girl to play a massive position in Greek political background, this is often the 1st smooth biography of Olympias. featuring a serious review of a desirable and absolutely misunderstood determine, Elizabeth Carney penetrates fantasy, fiction and sexual politics and conducts a detailed exam of Olympias via historic and literary assets, and brings her to existence as she locations the determine within the context of her personal historical, brutal political international. 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 historical resources. a completely compelling learn for college students, students, and a person with an curiosity in Greek, Classical, or women’s background.

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Invasions, particularly by Illyrian tribes, happened with some regularity. Bitter rivalries within the royal Argead clan frequently led to royal exile and assassinations. 2 At the time of Philip’s accession, no one would have been surprised if his kingdom had been partitioned, but instead, within only two years, Philip dealt with all the pretenders and staved off the threatened invasions. He did this by a combination of military success (having begun a reform of the Macedonian army) and diplomatic skill.

How would she herself have felt about them? ”85 The assumption seems to be that all these changes in name/epithet were imposed upon her by her father (and perhaps her mother, granted the Chaonian connection), uncle, and husband. Whereas “Polyxena” and “Olympias” were likely chosen by others, Olympias could possibly have chosen her other two names herself. She could have selected “Myrtale” herself, as part of a coming-of-age ceremony or as part of her betrothal, in the same way that those about to receive communion for the first time can choose for themselves an additional name.

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. Though the anecdote is probably not literally true, it recognizes a reality of royal father–son relations. 49 When serious trouble between Alexander and Philip developed in 338 or 337, it became apparent that Alexander could and did trust his mother and did not and could not trust his father to the same degree.

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