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Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire
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Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men who would be King

Boris Chrubasik

Abstract

How does one become king? This book investigates the question of kingship in the Seleukid empire, the largest of the kingdoms that arose after the death of Alexander the Great. More specifically, this book examines the role of usurpers in this particular kingdom, individuals who attempted to be king, and who were labelled as rebels by ancient authors after their demise. Through a careful analysis of the literary, numismatic, and epigraphic material, this study places these individuals in their appropriate historical contexts, and thus creates an image of the political landscape of the Seleukid ... More

Keywords: Seleukid history, Hellenistic Period, kingship, usurpation, social power, political history, royal offers, acceptance vs. legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786924
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786924.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boris Chrubasik, author
Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and Classics, University of Toronto