Changing spaces, changing behaviours: Achaemenid spatial features at the court of Alexander the Great

Journal of Ancient History 6 (2):185-214 (2018)

Abstract
Alexander’s conquest of Persia transformed the way he ruled, with aspects of Achaemenid monarchy becoming prominent. In general, historians have focused on instances of deliberate engagement with Achaemenid practices, leading to the impression that this change resulted from conscious imitation. Here, I nuance this view, arguing that the gradual adoption of aspects of Achaemenid royal space played a pivotal role in transforming Alexander’s monarchy. This approach shifts our focus away from Alexander himself, placing his reign in a wider context, while also demonstrating how space can act as a conduit for cultural interchange.
Keywords Achaemenid Empire  Alexander the Great  Philip II  kingship  royal space
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DOI 10.1515/jah-2018-2001
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