Mother of Alexander the Great
Routledge – 2006 – 240 pages
Series: Women of the Ancient World
The definitive guide to the life of the first woman to play a major role in Greek political history, this is the first modern biography of Olympias.
Presenting a critical assessment of a fascinating and wholly misunderstood figure, Elizabeth Carney penetrates myth, fiction and sexual politics and conducts a close examination of Olympias through historical and literary sources, and brings her to life as she places the figure in the context of her own ancient, brutal political world.
Individual examinations look at:
An absolutely compelling read for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in Greek, Classical, or women’s history.
Preface. Significant Events. Aeacid Family Tree. Argead Family Tree. Abbreviations. Introduction 1. Olympias the Molossian 2. Olympias, Wife of Philip II 3. Olympias, Mother of the King, Alexander the Great 4. Olympias on Her Own, 323–316 5. Olympias and Religion 6. Olympias' Afterlife. Appendix: Olympias and the Sources. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index