Forthcoming: “The Routledge Companion to Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean World” by Elizabeth D. Carney, Sabine Müller

Good day, thanks to be on Alessandro III di Macedonia- your source about Alexander the Great! Today I’m sharing with you an extremely interesting new release being published. I’m talking about:

The Routledge Companion to Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean World
By Elizabeth D. Carney, Sabine Müller


This volume offers the first comprehensive look at the role of women in the monarchies of the ancient Mediterranean.

It consistently addresses certain issues across all dynasties: title, role in succession, the situation of mothers, wives and daughters of kings, regnant and co-regnant women, role in cult and in dynastic image, while also examining a sampling of the careers of individual women while placing them within broader contexts. Written by an international group of experts, this collection is based on the assumption that women played a fundamental role in ancient monarchy, that they were part, not apart from it, and that it is necessary to understand their role to understand ancient monarchies.

This is a crucial resource for anyone interested in the role of women in antiquity.

Elizabeth D. Carney is Professor of History and Carol K. Brown Scholar in the Humanities, Emerita, at Clemson University. Her focus has been on Macedonian and Hellenistic monarchy and the role of royal women in monarchy, most recently in Molossia. She has written Women and Monarchy in Ancient Macedonia (2000), Olympias, Mother of Alexander the Great. (2006), Arsinoë of Egypt and Macedon: A Royal Life (2013) and Eurydice and the Birth of Macedonian Power (2019). Some of her articles dealing with monarchy, with new afterwords, are collected in King and Court in Ancient Macedonia: Rivalry, Treason and Conspiracy (2015).

Sabine Müller is Professor of Ancient History at Marburg University. Her research focuses on the Persian Empire, Argead Macedonia, the Hellenistic Empires, Macedonian royal women, Lukian, and reception studies. Her publications include the monographs Das hellenistische Königspaar in der medialen Repräsentation. Ptolemaios II. und Arsinoë II. (Berlin 2009), Perdikkas II. – Retter Makedoniens (Berlin 2017) and Alexander der Große. Eroberung – Politik – Rezeption (Stuttgart 2019).
ISBN 9781138358843
November 9, 2020
Hardback, 576 Pages – 26 B/W Illustrations

Table of Contents

Part I: Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean

1. Introduction to thinking about women and monarchy in the ancient world. – Elizabeth D. Carney and Sabine Müller

Part II: Egypt and the Nile Valley

2. The King’s Mother in Old and Middle Kingdom – Lisa Sabbahy

3. Pregnant Women in Egypt – Martina Minas-Nerpal

4. The Image of Nefertiti – Athena Van der Perre

5. The God’s Wife of Amun: Origins and Rise to Power – Mariam F. Ayad

6. The Role and Status of Royal Women in Kush – Angelika Lohwasser

7. Ptolemaic Royal Women – Anne Bielman Sánchez and Giuseppina Lenzo

8. Berenike II – Sabine Müller

9. Royal Women and Ptolemaic Cults – Stefan Pfeiffer

10. Ptolemaic Women’s Patronage of the Arts – Silvia Barbantani

11. The Kleopatra Problem – Christoph Schäfer

Part III: The Ancient Near East

12. Invisible Mesopotamian Royal Women – Sebastian Fink

13. Achaimenid Women – Maria Brosius

14. Karian Royal Women and the Creation of a Royal Identity – Stephen Ruzicka

15. Seleukid Women – Marek Jan Olbrycht

16. Apama and Stratonike: the first Seleukid basilissai – Gillian Ramsey

17. Seleukid Marriage Alliances – Monica d’Agostini

18. Royal Mothers and Dynastic Power in Attalid Pergamon – Dolores Mirón

19. Hasmonean Women – Julia Wilker

20. Women at the Arsacid Court – Irene Madreiter and Udo Hartman

21. Women of the Sasanid Dynasty (224-651 AD) – Josef Wiesehöfer

22. Zenobia of Palmyra – Lucinda Dirven

Part IV: Greece and Macedonia

23. Royal Women in the Homeric Epics – Johannes Heinrichs

24. Royal Women in Greek Tragedy – Hanna Roisman

25. Argead Women – Sabine Müller

26. Women in Antigonid Monarchy – Elizabeth D. Carney

Part V: Commonalities

27. Transitional Royal Women: Cleopatra, sister of Alexander, Adea Eurydice and Phila – Elizabeth D. Carney

28. Women and Dynasty and the Hellenistic Royal Courts – Rolf Strootman

29. Royal Brother-Sister marriage, Ptolemaic and otherwise – Sheila Ager

30. Jugate Images in Ptolemaic and Julio Claudian Monarchy – Dimitris Plantzos

Part VI: Rome Late Republic through Empire

31. Octavia Minor and Patronage – Katrina Moore

32. Livia and the Principate of Augustus and Tiberius – Christiane Kunst

33. Julio-Claudian Imperial women – Francesca Cenerini

34. The Imperial Women from the Flavians to the Severi – Kordula Schnegg

35. Portraiture of Flavian imperial women – Annetta Alexandridis

36. The Faustinas – Stefan Priwitzer

37. Women in the Severan Dynasty – Riccardo Bertolazzi

38. Women in the Family of Constantine – Michaela Dirschlmayer

Part VII: Reception from Antiquity to Present Times

39. Semiramis – Perception and Presentation of Female Power in an Oriental Garb – Brigitte Truschnegg

40. Tanaquil and Tullia in Livy as Roman Caricatures of Greek Mythic and Historic Hellenistic Queens – Judith Hallett and Karen Klaiber Hersch

41. Roman Empresses on Screen—an Epic Failure? – Anja Wieber

I’m interested very much in reading this book but, yes, sadly there’s a big BUT: the cost. It will costs very much: £190.00 😦 I’m already hoping for a more accessible price paperback edition. This unmissable book will be published on November 9, 2020! Are you interested in it? Thanks to Marta for reporting me the news!

Thank you and have a good week and stay tuned,


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