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Royal and satrapal armies in Babylonia during the Second Diadoch War. The Chronicle of the Successors on the events during the seventh year of Philip Arrhidaeus (=317/316 BC)

  • Tom Boiy (a1)

Abstract

The passage in the Chronicle of the Successors dealing with the year Phil.07 (=317/316 BC; ABC 10 Obv. 14–18 = BCHP 3 Obv. 33–37) is often used as a marker to favour the low-chronology hypothesis for the early Hellenistic period and Second Diadoch War. This in-depth study of this passage deals with the nature of the troops mentioned there (eren2.meš lugal, ‘royal troops’, and Ḫa-ni-i šà lugal, ‘royal Ḫanû troops”) and the possible implications for the chronological debate. The result is that the passage is not pivotal for the low chronology because it is not only in a low-chronology scenario that it is possible. The use of ‘royal (Ḫanû) troops' in the Chronicle does not exclude the high chronology for the Second Diadoch War.

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