By Jonathan M. Hall
A background of the Archaic Greek World deals a theme-based method of the improvement of the Greek global within the years 1200-479 BCE.
•Updated and prolonged during this variation to incorporate new sections, multiplied geographical insurance, a advisor to digital assets, and extra illustrations
•Takes a severe and analytical examine facts concerning the heritage of the archaic Greek World
•Involves the reader within the perform of historical past by means of wondering and reevaluating traditional beliefs
•Casts new gentle on conventional topics corresponding to the increase of the city-state, citizen militias, and the origins of egalitarianism
•Provides a wealth of archaeological facts, in a few various specialties, together with ceramics, structure, and mortuary studies
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When one recalls that royal mothers were the primary influences on their daughters and that they seem to have remained associated even when their daughters were adults, it is reasonable to conclude that many foreign customs and viewpoints came to affect royal women in Macedonia. The practices of nearby contemporary monarchies may also have affected Macedonian practice concerning royal women. , Macedonia and Molossia) and outside it. It is possible that the unusually prominent role of women in the Hecatomnid dynasty of Caria had some influence on the role of women in Macedonian monarchy, but the Persian monarchy was much better known to the Greek world, particularly to the Macedonians.
There are four major difficulties peculiar to the study of royal Macedonian women. First, information on women is scarcer, generally, than information on men. Even, for instance, in the comparatively well documented reign of the Antigonid ruler Philip V, we have no good evidence about the women of his family. Second, extant sources frequently Page 9 suffer from a variety of biases about women, almost in direct proportion to the degree of power these women attained. Third, in considering both individual women and the general role of women in monarchy, modern scholarship has too often suffered from uncritical use of biased ancient sources.
In 1980 I began work on an article about Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great. This research followed logically from a dissertation on the relationship between Alexander the Great and the Macedonian aristocracy and a subsequent series of articles dealing with various aspects of relations between Macedonian rulers and the Macedonian elite. At that time I had no sense that research on Olympias would be any different from research on Macedonian men. Meanwhile, in the years since the completion of my dissertation in 1975, like many other women classicists of my generation, I had begun to teach myself about the role of women in Graeco-Roman antiquity.