The masculinity of the Hellenistic king
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The rulers who took control of the major fragments of Alexander's empire, and in time their heirs, had to legitimise their position, just as those subject to their power had to make that power tolerable to themselves, and so an idealised view of Hellenistic kingship emerged. It is the purpose of this paper to consider what part the masculinity of the king held in the public perception of kingship among Hellenistic kings and Hellenistic Greeks.