Soon arriving in paperback: “The Legend of Seleucus. Kingship, Narrative and Mythmaking in the Ancient World” by Daniel Ogden

Good afternoon everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia! I’ve a quick publication on next week to report to you:

The Legend of Seleucus. Kingship, Narrative and Mythmaking in the Ancient World

by Daniel Ogden

Published by: Cambridge University Press

Out in Paperback on: November 16, 2020

In the chaos that followed the death of Alexander the Great his distinguished marshal Seleucus was reduced to a fugitive, with only a horse to his name. But by the time of his own death, Seceucus had reconstructed the bulk of Alexander’s empire, built Antioch, and become a king in his turn, one respected for justness in an age of cruelty. The dynasty he founded was to endure for three centuries. Such achievements richly deserved to be projected into legend, and so they were. This legend told of Seleucus’ divine siring by Apollo, his escape from Babylon with an enchanted talisman, his foundations of cities along a dragon-river with the help of Zeus’ eagles, his surrender of his new wife to his besotted son, and his revenge, as a ghost, upon his assassin. This is the first book in any language devoted to the reconstruction of this fascinating tradition.

Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History and Head of Classics at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on ancient Greek topics, including myth, religion and magic, sexuality, Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic Dynasties. He is co-editor of Philip and Alexander: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives (2010), and author of Alexander the Great: Myth, Genesis and Sexuality (2011) and Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds (2013).


List of Figures page viii
List of Maps ix
List of Tables x
Acknowledgements xi
A Note on Conventions in Relation to the Alexander Romance xii
List of Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 1
1 Birth Myths and Omens of Greatness 23
2 Seleucus’ Horseback Flight from Babylon 68
3 Omens and Myths of City and Cult Foundation 99
4 Combabus and Stratonice 174
5 Antiochus and Stratonice 207
6 Omens of Death, Death and Revenge 247
7 Coins, Texts and Traditions 270
A Metatextuality at the End of Pausanias’ Periegesis 326
B Mullak Onker 328
C Thorax and the Loyal Dog of Lysimachus 331
D Appian’s Seleucus Excursus and Agatharchides of Cnidus’ On Asia: the Goukowsky Hypothesis 334
E Suggested Analyses of Appian’s Seleucus Excursus 342
F Towards a Legend of Ptolemy 346
References 351
Index 379

This is the paperback version (the hardback version came out in April 2017) and it will costs £ 30.99 and this is the ISBN: 9781316616529. I’m so happy because I’ll finally can buy it!

Are you interested in this too? Wishing you a good weekend,


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