Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great (Women of the by Elizabeth Carney

By Elizabeth Carney

The definitive consultant to the lifetime of the 1st lady to play an enormous function in Greek political historical past, this is often the 1st glossy biography of Olympias.

Presenting a severe evaluation of a desirable and completely misunderstood determine, Elizabeth Carney penetrates fantasy, fiction and sexual politics and conducts a detailed 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 world.

Individual examinations glance at:

  • the position of Greek faith in Olympias' life
  • literary and creative traditions approximately Olympias came upon during the later historic periods
  • varying representations of Olympias present in the main old sources.

An completely compelling learn for college kids, students, and an individual with an curiosity in Greek, Classical, or women’s history.

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Indeed, information about relationships between mothers and daughters in general, granted the male voice of most Greek written sources and Athenian reluctance to mention respectable women is public, is not easy to come by. Nonetheless, mother–daughter relationships may well have been closer than our largely male sources allow us to demonstrate. What little literature written by women we do possess focuses on the difficulty of leaving home; for young women, home meant, more than anything, their mother.

It had a lasting effect on the personalities of Alexander and Olympias. Some, as we shall see, believe that the quarrel also led to Philip’s murder. Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the affair is Philip’s role in it. With his departure for Asia imminent, he would hardly have wanted to destabilize the political situation in Macedonia by suggesting that Alexander was not his intended heir. Any son born to Cleopatra would be roughly eighteen years away from any ability to rule on his own. Child monarchs did not last long in Macedonia, as Philip knew from personal experience.

4). , Plut. Demetr. 3). Negotiating these contradictory expectations was a given for royal women. Such expectations could, of course, create conflicts in loyalty, but the alliances themselves could also help to resolve them. For royal women confronted with a situation in which they were not the only wife, continued ties to birth families were even more likely. Family status could increase their personal status compared to other wives and birth family members could function as their advocates and supporters against the interests of other wives.

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