Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires

Strootman, Rolf
Date published: 
April 2014

This is the first complete study of royal courts in the post Achaemenid Near East. Drawing on the sociopolitical models of Norbert Elias and Charles Tilly, After the Achaemenids shows how the Hellenistic dynastic courts were instrumental in the integration of local elites in the empires, and the (re)distribution of power, wealth, and status. It analyses the competition among courtiers for royal favour and the, not always successful, attempts of the Hellenistic rulers to use these struggles to their own advantage. This is the first volume to be published in our new series Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia.