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The tradition and ideology of naming Seleukid Queens

McAuley, Alex ORCID: 2018. The tradition and ideology of naming Seleukid Queens. Historia 67 (4) , pp. 472-494. 10.25162/HISTORIA-2018-0019

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This article examines the traditions and ideology which guide the Seleukid dynasty’s faithful repetition of female names over various generations as a case study for better understanding Hellenistic royal onomastics. Beginning with a review of the function of Greek personal names more generally, the article then examines the mechanics behind repeating royal female names. The name Laodike is then taken as a case study, and is examined in relation to Seleukid mythology, royal cult, and the longer literary tradition stretching back to Homer. A reconstruction is then proposed, in which it is argued that female names functioned as quasi- titles.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISSN: 0018-2311
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 16 May 2017
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 11:37

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