The Acts of the 8th conference about Ancient Macedonia have been published.
Unfortunately a scholar published in these Acts a paper in which she asserts that the throne as attribute of royalty was established in Macedonia only with the conquer of Persia by Alexander the Great. The obvious aim of this assertion is to downdate the royal tomb II of Vergina, which is attributed on solid ground to Philip II.
I report here few passages which testify beyond any doubt that thrones as attributes of kingly status were already well known in classical Greece. The above reported assertion has NOT scientific dignity.
“θ. βασιλήϊος” Hdt.1.14, cf. X. HG1.5.3, etc.;
“Ζηνὸς ἐπὶ θρόνον” Theoc.7.93: metaph., Pl.R.553c: pl.,
“ἐν θρόνοις ἥμενοι” A.Ch.975;
“ἐκ τυραννίδος θρόνων τ᾽ ἄϊστον ἐκβαλεῖν” Id.Pr.910;
“Διὸς θρόνοι” S.Ant.1041, cf. Ar.Av.1732; king’s estate or dignity,
“σκῆπτρα καὶ θρόνους” S.OC425, cf.448;
[“γῆς] κράτη τε καὶ θρόνους νέμω” Id.OT237, cf. Ant.166.
Originally posted 2021-11-08 18:11:37.