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Abae -arum), an old city of Phocis, at the obstacles of Boeotia; celebrated for an old temple and oracle of Apollo, who as a result derived t e surname of Abacus.

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Women and Monarchy in the Argead Period 3 Chapter 2. Eurydice and the Reigns of Amyntas, III, Alexander II, and Perdiccas III 38 Chapter 3. Royal Women and Philip II 51 Chapter 4. Royal Women and Alexander the Great 82 Chapter 5. Olympias, Cleopatra, Cynnane, Adea Eurydice, and the End of the Argead Dynasty (323308) 114 Chapter 6. Royal Women in Transition: The Antipatrids and the Descent to Chaos (316277) 153 Chapter 7. Women and Monarchy in the Antigonid Period (277168) 179 Chapter 8. Changes in the Public Role of Macedonian Royal Women in the Hellenistic Period 203 Chapter 9.

47 A sister of Alexander I named Gygaea married a high-ranking Persian (see GYGEA 1). Artabazus, a Persian satrap with Achaemenid blood, spent years in exile at the court of Philip II, along with his Greek wife and their children (Diod. 3; Curt. 2). 256cd), the women of Artabazus' family had a harmful influence on the women of Philip's family because they brought to them the ways of the Persian court. After Alexander's conquests began, elite Macedonians had increasing contacts with Persian royal women, and many married into the Persian elite.

As always, we should be hesitant to assume that Athenian or southern Greek marriage practices are applicable to Macedonia in general, let alone to royal marriage. Many of the royal brides and their fathers were neither Macedonian nor Greek, and may Page 19 have brought their own cultural expectations to marriage arrangements. Moreover, merely the fact that a number of Macedonian kings were polygamous while classical Greeks were monogamous inevitably alters the nature of their marriages in fundamental ways.

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