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By Boris Chrubasik

Kings and Usurpers within the Seleukid Empire: the boys who will be King makes a speciality of principles of kingship and gear within the Seleukid empire, the most important of the successor states of Alexander the good. Exploring the query of ways a guy turns into a king, it in particular examines the function of usurpers during this specific state - those that tried to turn into king, and who have been labelled as rebels by means of historical authors after their death - by means of putting those members in
their acceptable old contexts via cautious research of the literary, numismatic, and epigraphic material.

By writing approximately kings and rebels, literary money owed make a transparent assertion approximately who had the best to rule and who didn't, and the Seleukid kings actively fostered their very own pictures of this correct during the 3rd and moment centuries BCE. besides the fact that, what emerges from the documentary facts is a revelatory photograph of a political panorama within which kings and people who will be kings have been in consistent pageant to cajole entire towns and armies that they have been the single believable monarch,
and of a correct to rule that, complicated and refuted on such a lot of aspects, easily didn't exist. via cautious research, this quantity advances a brand new political heritage of the Seleukid empire that's predicated on social strength, redefining the function of the king as just one of a number of gamers in the social
world and supplying new methods to the translation of the connection among those members themselves and with the empire they sought to rule. In doing so, it either questions the present consensus at the Seleukid country, arguing as an alternative that regardless of its many robust rulers the empire was once structurally susceptible, and provides a brand new method of writing political historical past of the traditional world.

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