Alexander's literate grandmother

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Alexander's literate grandmother

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I seem to recall reading somewhere that there is an inscription on a statue dedicated by Alexander's grandmother, something written by her in celebration of her achievement of learning to write. Can't find it again or recall the details-- does this ring any bells for anyone? (I think it was in or near Pella, so I'm assuming Phillip's mother, but I could be misremembering that too.)
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Yes, it was Eurydike, Philip's mother.

There is a paper here by Tim Howe, https://www.academia.edu/37841160/A_Fou ... _Mythology which mentions a Eurydike learning to read and write after her sons were grown. I would have to hunt for the reference to the inscription though.

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Beth Carney mentions it in her book Eurydice and the Birth of Macedonian Power, chapter 5, "Eurydice's Public Image during Her Lifetime." I don't have the book at home with me (it's in my office), but I recall her talking about it, so I looked it up online.

It's a good discussion of her dedications, an example of how royal and other wealthy women could extend influence in the public realm even in cultures that didn't allow them a formal public role.
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Wonderful, thank you both!
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https://www.athensvoice.gr/politismos/7 ... posdipote/
The statue of the clothed woman in the Musem of Aigae ,is the 'literate' queen Euridice , Alexander s grandmother
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