Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men who would be King by Boris ChrubasikKings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men who would be King by Boris Chrubasik

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

byBoris Chrubasik

Hardcover | November 26, 2016

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Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men who would be King focuses on ideas of kingship and power in the Seleukid empire, the largest of the successor states of Alexander the Great. Exploring the question of how a man becomes a king, it specifically examines the role of usurpers inthis particular kingdom - those who attempted to become king, and who were labelled as rebels by ancient authors after their demise - by placing these individuals in their appropriate historical contexts through careful analysis of the literary, numismatic, and epigraphic material. By writing about kings and rebels, literary accounts make a clear statement about who had the right to rule and who did not, and the Seleukid kings actively fostered their own images of this right throughout the third and second centuries BCE. However, what emerges from the documentary evidence is arevelatory picture of a political landscape in which kings and those who would be kings were in constant competition to persuade whole cities and armies that they were the only plausible monarch, and of a right to rule that, advanced and refuted on so many sides, simply did not exist. Throughcareful analysis, this volume advances a new political history of the Seleukid empire that is predicated on social power, redefining the role of the king as only one of several players within the social world and offering new approaches to the interpretation of the relationship between theseindividuals themselves and with the empire they sought to rule. In doing so, it both questions the current consensus on the Seleukid state, arguing instead that despite its many strong rulers the empire was structurally weak, and offers a new approach to writing political history of the ancientworld.
Boris Chrubasik is Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and Classics at the University of Toronto. Originally from Germany, he earned his doctorate at the University of Oxford and spent a year at the University of Exeter before moving to Toronto. An ancient historian, he has a particular interest in the history of the eastern Medi...
Title:Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men who would be KingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:November 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

i. IntroductionPrologue: The Death of a KingA History of Kings and UsurpersUsurpation as an Interpretative Model1. Central and Local Power in the Seleukid Empire1.1. Dynasts in all the Land1.2. The Strength of Local Power1.3. Between Central and Local Power1.4. Conclusion2. Usurpers in Asia Minor: The Third Century2.1. Late Third-Century Asia Minor and the Loss of Seleukid Control, c. 246-2132.2. Becoming King in Asia Minor2.3. Royal Success in Asia Minor: The Limits of the Seleukid Family3. Usurpers in the Levant and Beyond: The Second Century3.1. A History of the Seleukid Empire in the Mid-Second Century, c. 162 1233.2. Images of Kingship: The Royal Offers3.3. The Reception of Royal Offers: When Audiences Become Agents3.4. Usurpers in the Second Century: Conclusion4. Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire4.1. The Origin of Usurpers4.2. Royal Reaction: Punishment, Pardon, and Adaptation5. Kings in the Seleukid Empire: A Story of Usurpation, Monarchy, and Power5.1. Power and Kingship in the Seleukid Empire5.2. Kings and Empires: Assessing the Seleukid StateAppendicesA. The Meydancikkale Hoard, and the Recovery of Rough Kilikia under Seleukos IIB. Antiochos Hierax and the city of MagnesiaC. Alexander Balas and the Eagle CoinageD. Usurpers and the Senate of RomeEndmatterBibliographyi. Primary Materialii. Secondary Material