Antigonos Gonatas

Antigonos Gonatas

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...his country for himself, as his domain; and when he sought some theoretic base for his power--a power that had in fact no theoretic base at all--he could only find it on the religious side, in the worship accorded to him by his subjects.114 Strictly speaking, Antigonos needed no theoretic base for his power at all. It was sufficient that he had become the legitimate national king of an ancient monarchical country. This enabled him to put away, once and for all, all question of a state worship of himself. But though he was now a legitimate national king, he had become such entirely through his own effort and abilities. He answered exactly to the description of a Successor; he had found no hereditary realm or lawful succession waiting for him; he had won his kingdom on the field of Lysimacheia, by his own right hand, and held it at present by administering its affairs with intelligence.115 It was largely an accident that the ancient customs of the country he ruled had enabled the Macedonians 112 Polyaen. 4, 6, 2, if it be Gonatas; see n. 107. In what follows, to the end of the chapter, I have drawn freely on Kaerst's brilliant work, Studien sur Enttvickelung und theoretischen Begriindune; der Monarchie im Altertum (ch. 3 and 4). But I have rearranged the ideas; and when I come to Antigonos' own contribution I have reluctantly to part company with Kaerst altogether. There is also much that is valuable in R. Pdhlmann, ' Die Entstehung des Casarismus' (Aus Altertum und Cegenwart, 1895; omitted from the 2nd ed., 1911, as being substantially incorporated in the 4th ed. of his Grundriss d. griech. Geschichte). 114 The position of the Diadochoi is given by Suidas, /WiXti'a (2). Kaerst attributes this passage to historic rather than philosophic...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681178X
  • 9781236811783
  • 2,276,333