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State Correspondence in the Ancient WorldFrom New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire$
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Karen Radner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.001.0001

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The King’s Words: Hellenistic Royal Letters in Inscriptions

The King’s Words: Hellenistic Royal Letters in Inscriptions

(p.141) Chapter 6 The King’s Words: Hellenistic Royal Letters in Inscriptions
State Correspondence in the Ancient World

Alice Bencivenni

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses royal correspondence of the Hellenistic period of two Graeco-Macedonian kingdoms as they emerged after the conquests and death of Alexander the Great (r. 336–323 BC): the Seleukid Empire and the Attalid state. Letters survive only in the form of copies, presently 147 inscriptions carved into stone monuments or the facades of public buildings in order to commemorate the king’s words for the benefit of the community. The analysis of the communication strategies employed in the transmitting of the king’s wishes focuses on the Seleukid kingdom which, given its vast dimensions, needed effective means to communicate information.

Keywords:   State communication, Long-distance communication, Relay postal service, Messenger, Envoy, Seleukid Empire, Attalid state, Greek epigraphy, Hellenistic Period, Anatolia

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