La figura del Basileus: legitimación y percepción del poder real en el mundo helenístico-romano
He figure of Basileus: legitimacy and perception of the royal power in the hellenistic-roman world
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AuthorPortilla Ramos, Miguel
ABSTRACT: This Final Degree Project is a study about the legitimation of the royal power in the Hellenistic Period. The kings, especially those of the Seleucid, Ptolemaic and Antigonid dynasties, are the protagonist of this paper which will deepen in their strategies to stand in power. In this pages there will discussed various issues, as different as the foundation of cities or the epithets. The military field has got a lot of repercussion, because it was the success in war which crowned a king. The war was a necessary element for the creation and growth of these states, and this is reflected in this project. The Hellenistic kings used any form for justified their position. It is here were they used a measure, which seen from today, may seem like extravagant: the deification. Starting from the remains of Alexander’s Empire, and using his image as a mirror, the Diadochi created kingdoms with a huge territorial extension and a great cultural variety. They dominated the East Mediterranean and part of Asia, until his conquest by the Roman Republic.