Extra Materials

Pdf Copies of the stemmata:


-The Early Seleucids


-The Later Seleucids


Detailed Discussion of Seleucid Royal Ideology and Dynastic Practice:


Alex McAuley's M.Sc Dissertation - University of Edinburgh.pdf

My M.Sc dissertation provides an extended account of Seleucid royal ideology and dynastic practice that attempts to account for how the stemma of the dynasty emerged as it did.


Beginning with an overview and extended discussion of the methodology that guided the construction of this website and its stemmata, I then turn to a detailed discussion of potential precedents for Seleucid dynastic practice drawn from the various corners of the Empire and preceding Greek practices and exemplars. I then elaborate on my model of the ‘Nuclear Family’ or ‘Reigning Triad’ of King/Husband, Queen/Wife, and Heir/Son that forms the fundamental link in their dynastic chain as a mechanism of legitimation and succession. Discussing its implementation, evolution, and subsequent collapse at the end of the dynasty accounts for the use and abuse of such a mechanism by various Seleucid potentates and usurpers. Next, I discuss the ‘Extended’ Seleucid family, namely the brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who did not form part of the immediate path of succession and analyze their place in the royal ideology of the Seleucids. Finally, the mix of inspiration and innovation that characterises the Dynasty and its practices is elucidated in my conclusion.


Appendices and Notes:


Historiography of Seleucid Royal Women.pdf

This appendix offers a review of the corpus of scholarly writing on Seleucid women, from Edwyn Bevan to Elizabeth Carney’s most recent 2011 chapter. After considering the various approaches authors have taken, I then suggest new directions in which research on Seleucid royal women might be taken. The almost exclusive consideration of ‘primary’ Seleucid women - i.e. the reigning queen - as paradigmatic of Seleucid royal femininity in general, I argue, has given us an excessively narrow scope. Using several examples of influential ‘secondary’ Seleucid Women, I hope to illustrate the potentially valuable contribution they might have to broadening our understanding of regal femininity in all of its diversity.


Note on Seleucid Female Naming Conventions (coming soon)

The Seleucids have a remarkable penchant for the names Laodice, Antiochis, and Stratonice. This note explores the historical and mythical precedent for each name, as well as its relation to Seleucid Dynastic Ideology. In addition, the murky issue of whether or not Seleucid royal females regularly changed their names upon marriage is considered via the female Argead and male Seleucid contexts.

Note: The preceding materials are meant to expand on certain genealogical details that are not well captured by the stemmata and merit further clarification. Please consider them as working papers rather than finished scholarly works, and I eagerly invite any feedback - positive or negative - readers may wish to share. I invite e-mails to alexander.mcauley@mail.mcgill.ca