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Alexander and the Persian Court Chiliarchy

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The Persian court office of chiliarch under Alexander and the Diadochs is a difficult and controversial subject. A. Meeus has recently proposed that there was never any court chiliarchy under Alexander and the Diadochs. This view can be questioned. The idea that Alexander adopted a court chiliarchy from the Achaemenids is a plausible inference from the data in the ancient sources, including Diodorus 18.48.4–5 and Cornelius Nepos (Conon 3.2–3). Whether the chiliarch was one office combined with the command of the companion cavalry or a separate office remains controversial.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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