n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The concept of dunasteia in Aristotle and the Macedonian monarchy
|Article Title||The concept of dunasteia in Aristotle and the Macedonian monarchy|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Guelph, Canada|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||165 - 183|
The Aristotelian concept of dunasteia encompasses both the ideas of 'power' and 'narrow oligarchy'. The term dunasteia in the latter sense is of limited application to the Macedonian state. Through an examination of contemporary texts, we can see how Alexander would have understood dunasteia. There was one limited instance in which dunasteia could have applied to the Macedonian state: times of succession crises and the period after Alexander's death when the Macedonian empire was ruled by a narrow clique.
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