Arsinoe of Egypt and Macedon: A Royal Life

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Oxford University Press, 29 gen 2013 - 215 pagine
The life of ArsinoŽ II (c. 316-c.270 BCE), daughter of the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is characterized by dynastic intrigue. Her marriage to her full brother Ptolemy II, king of Egypt, was the first of the sibling marriages that became a dynastic feature of the Ptolemies. With Ptolemy II, she ended her days in great wealth and power. However, prior to that point she was forced to endure two tumultuous marriages, both of which led her to flee for her life. ArsinoŽ was the model for the powerful role Ptolemaic women gradually acquired as co-rulers of their empire, and her image continued to play a role in dynastic solidarity for centuries to come. Although ArsinoŽ was the pivotal figure in the eventual evolution of regnal power for Ptolemaic women--and despite a considerable body of recent scholarship across many fields relevant to her life--there has been no up-to-date biography in English of her life. Elizabeth Donnelly Carney, in sifting through the available archaeological and literary evidence, offers here an accessible and reasoned portrait. In describing ArsinoŽ's significant role in the courts of Thrace and Alexandria, Carney weaves discussions of earlier Macedonian royal women, the institution of sibling marriage, and the reasons for its longstanding success in Hellenistic Egypt, ultimately providing an expansive view of this integral Hellenistic figure.
 

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Indice

Introduction
1
ArsinoŽs Background and Youth 31814300
11
ArsinoŽ as the Wife of Lysimachus ca 300281
31
ArsinoŽ and Ptolemy Ceraunus 28127976
49
ArsinoŽs Return to Egypt and Marriage to Ptolemy II 279275
65
ArsinoŽ II as Wife of Ptolemy II ca 275270 268
83
ArsinoŽ s Afterlife
106
Important People in the Life of ArsinoŽ II
135
Sources and Assessment of ArsinoŽ IIs Career
137
Notes
147
Glossary
179
Bibliography
181
Index
203
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Elizabeth Donnelly Carney is Professor of History and Carol K. Brown Endowed Scholar in Humanities at Clemson University.

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