Marital Crises or Institutional Crises? Two Ptolemaic Couples under the Spolight

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Title
Marital Crises or Institutional Crises? Two Ptolemaic Couples under the Spolight
Title of the book
Power Couples in Antiquity : Transversal Perspectives
Author(s)
Bielman Sánchez Anne, Joliton Virginie
Publisher
Bielman Sánchez Anne
Address of publication
Oxford/New York
ISBN
9781138575264
Publication state
Published
Issued date
29/03/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Editor
Bielman Sánchez Anne
Series
Routledge Monographs in Classical Antiquity
Chapter
4
Pages
69-98
Language
english
Abstract
This study examines two royal Ptolemaic couples who, according to some classical sources, were reputed to have experienced serious marital crises. The primary focus is on the couple Ptolemy IV and Arsinoe III, who ruled during the end of the third century BCE . A point for comparison is provided by the couple Ptolemy VIII and Cleopatra II from the second century BCE . The methodology used here aims to compare the information provided by the literary sources – which are much later than the marital crises mentioned – with information from contemporary documentary sources concerning these rulers. The written sources consist of Greek and Egyptian inscriptions and papyri; the visual sources are from Egyptian temple bas- reliefs and inscriptions. The comparison between both categories of sources should permit an evaluation of the historicity of the marital crises attributed to both couples and at the same time, question the reliability of the available documentation on this subject.
Keywords
Ptolemy IV, Ptolemy VIII, Arsinoe III, Cleopatra II, Cleopatra III, matrimonial crises, feelings between partners, brother-sister artificial bonds
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