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Kleopatra, sister of Alexander the Great, Adea Eurydike, and Phila

Authored by: Elizabeth D. Carney

The Routledge Companion to Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138358843
eBook ISBN: 9780429434105
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This chapter examines three women (Kleopatra, sister of Alexander, Adea Eurydike, and Phila) whose careers played critical roles in the transition from Argead monarchy to early Hellenistic monarchy. After Alexander’s death, royal women came to play a far more prominent and more institutionalized role in monarchy, particularly in terms of the military, the gendered pairing of monarchic power, and the greater agency possible for royal women because of the unpredictable and rapid changes of the period.

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