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Chapter 25. Court, King, and Power in Antigonid Macedonia

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Chapter Summary

The operations of the court of an Antigonid king are central to the understanding of any Hellenistic monarchy, and indeed any political system based on the exercise of personal power. Court history has emerged as a subject in its own right. To study the Antigonid court is to study the Antigonid monarchy in action. An important question which is specific to Macedonia is that of continuity and innovation in court practice and institutions: to what extent was the court of the Antigonids the continuation of the Argead court, with its institutions and dynamics, which are vividly attested for Philip II and, especially, for Alexander? A general characterization of the Macedonian court is possible, and instructive, especially if compared with the suggestive findings of better documented court histories. By its nature, the court was close to the centre of state power, the person of the king.

Keywords: Antigonid court; Antigonid king; Hellenistic monarchy; Macedonian court; state power

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