Apama and Stratonike: Marriage and Legitimacy

Engels, David and Erickson, Kyle (2016) Apama and Stratonike: Marriage and Legitimacy. In: Seleukid Royal Women: Creation, Representation and Distortion of Hellenistic Queenship in the Seleukid Empire. Franz Steiner Verlag. ISBN 978-3-515-11295-6

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This paper argues that the first two Seleukid Queens, Apama and Stratonike, played a pivotal role in the development of the dynastic mythology. The latter drew heavily on Near Eastern and Persian traditions, and the often stock role of the Queen may have been in fact filled by either of the two women. Nonetheless, both women played an important part in the development of Seleukid ideology. The first two sections study the evidence for Apama and Stratonike respectively and try to locate them into their family context, their ethnic affiliations and the political implications of these factors for their roles as royal consorts. The next two sections analyse Persian and other Oriental traditions that affected the creation of their queenly roles at the Seleukid court and in the imagination of later generations.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seleukid queens, Seleukid ideology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Kyle Erickson
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2023 15:46
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/828

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