Out in a few days: “The Courts of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Monarchy and Power in Ancient Macedonia” by Frances Pownall, Sulochana R. Asirvatham and Sabine Müller (editors)

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia, the blog about Alexander the Great and Hellenism. Sorry for my lack of updates over the last few days, but 2021 ended and took away my beloved Muschy, my 18 year-old cat.

I’m still upset but let’s see the wonderful publication coming out soon:

The Courts of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Monarchy and Power in Ancient Macedonia

by Frances Pownall, Sulochana R. Asirvatham and Sabine Müller (editors)

Publisher: De Gruyter

Out on: January 19 (Electronic) and January 31, 2022 (Hardcover)

Recent scholarship has recognized that Philip II and Alexander the Great adopted elements of their self-fashioning and court ceremonial from previous empires in the Ancient Near East, but it is generally assumed that the advent of the Macedonian court as a locus of politics and culture occurred only in the post-Alexander landscape of the Hellenistic Successors. This volume of ground-breaking essays by leading scholars on Ancient Macedonia goes beyond existing research questions to assess the profound impact of Philip and Alexander on court culture throughout the ages. The papers in this volume offer a thematic approach, focusing upon key institutional, cultural, social, ideological, and iconographical aspects of the reigns of Philip and Alexander. The authors treat the Macedonian court not only as a historical reality, but also as an object of fascination to contemporary Greeks that ultimately became a topos in later reflections on the lives and careers of Philip and Alexander. This collection of papers provides a paradigm-shifting recognition of the seminal roles of Philip and Alexander in the emergence of a new kind of Macedonian kingship and court culture that was spectacularly successful and transformative.

F. Pownall, University of Alberta, Edmonton; S. R. Asirvatham, Montclair State University; S. Müller, Philipps University Marburg.


  • Planned Publication: January 19, 2022
  • ISBN: 978-3110622942
  • 102,95 €


  • Planned Publication: January 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 978-3110622409
  • 102,95 €

Pages: VIII, 304

This is an expensive publication but is a must read! When the summary with the contents will be available I will post it to you!

Thank you all, keep following me and I wish you a peaceful 2022,


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