Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men who would be King focuses on ideas of kingship and power in the Seleukid state, specifically examining the role of usurpers. Drawing on literary, numismatic, and epigraphic material, the volume presents a revelatory picture of constant competition to rule and advances a novel political history predicated on social power, redefining the role of the king as only one of several players within the social
world. In doing so, it both questions the current consensus on the Seleukid empire, arguing instead that despite its many strong rulers it was structurally weak, and offers a new approach to writing political
history of the ancient world.