9780415333177

Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415333177

  • ISBN10:

    0415333172

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-07-24
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The definitive guide to the life of the first woman to play a major role in Greek political history, this is the first modern biography of Olympias.Presenting a critical assessment of a fascinating and wholly misunderstood figure, Elizabeth Carney penetrates myth, fiction and sexual politics and conducts a close examination of Olympias through historical and literary sources, and brings her to life as she places the figure in the context of her own ancient, brutal political world.Individual examinations look at:* the role of Greek religion in Olympias' life* literary and artistic traditions about Olympias found throughout the later ancient periods* varying representations of Olympias found in the major ancient sources.An absolutely compelling read for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in Greek, classical, or women's history.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Carney is Professor of Ancient History at Clemson University in South Carolina

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Significant eventsp. xi
The Aeacid dynastyp. xiii
The Argead dynastyp. xiv
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Olympias the Molossianp. 5
Olympias, wife of Philip IIp. 19
Olympias, mother of the king, Alexander the Greatp. 42
Olympias on her own, 323-316p. 60
Olympias and religionp. 88
Olympias' afterlifep. 104
Olympias and the sourcesp. 125
List of termsp. 138
Notesp. 140
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 213
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