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Alexander the Great and the Office of Edeatros

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After 330 BC, Alexander implemented a set of court reforms, one of which was the introduction of the edeatros (“taster”). Despite the arguments of J.N. KallĂ©ris, there is a reasonable case to be made that the edeatros was an of fice taken from the Great King's court. Rather than a simple “taster”, however, the edeatros came to oversee the sumptuous banquets Alexander now regularly held. Ptolemy was appointed to this position, and, like Hephaestion as chiliarch, was given a Persian court of fice to honour him as one of the king's loyal companions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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