Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great

by ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


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

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $47.95 Save up to $24.93
  • Rent Book $43.16
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental and eBook copies of this book are not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


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
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review