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Title: The Susa Marriages
Subtitle: A Historiographical Note
Author(s): VAN OPPEN DE RUITER, Branko F.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 44    Date: 2014   
Pages: 25-41
DOI: 10.2143/AS.44.0.3044798

Abstract :
The Persian and Median noblewomen whom Alexander married to his Greek and Macedonian companions at Susa were all repudiated shortly after his death — so common opinion would have it. The present note aims to dispel this notion and to argue instead that Alexander’s Successors had no reason to abandon their Asiatic wives — even if they did eventually marry other women. If the Susan brides failed to make their presence in recorded history, that would be because ancient authors found nothing worth mentioning in their subsequent careers. Underlying modern assumptions, moreover, we will find misleading believes such as that the Macedonians were serially monogamous and that they resented their foreign wives. This article may thus serve as a warning about the intricacies of (early-) Hellenistic marital practices.

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