Philia Networks in the Macedonian Court and the Long Accession of Alexander the Great

Authors

  • Julius Guthrie University of Exeter

Abstract

This paper revaluates key moments in the court politics of Alexander the Great’s reign through the introduction of philia-networks governed by gift-exchange as a template for explaining the relationships between key participants. This approach makes it clear that Alexander initially held a passive role in the political life of his own court and was dependant on others for his succession. These dynamics shifted in the opening years of the Asian expedition as Alexander sought to break these philia-networks, building his own and surrounding his person with philoi of his own choosing.

Keywords

Alexander the Great, philia, Aristotle, court politics, conspiracies

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01-12-2020

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